|The Big Picture Strikes Back:
More 70 MM Delights!
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Please join us for encore screenings of three of the most-requested,
most-beloved 70mm films we have ever shown at the American Cinematheque, BARAKA, LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA and PLAYTIME.
Friday, April 6 7:30 PM
BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. If you have never seen
BARAKA, one of the Cinematheques favorite movies, this is another chance to
experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word
that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey
around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents), from director/ cinematographer Ron
Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson
(the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of
crystalline, time-lapse 70mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly
edited, superbly scored
speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single
word." Suzan Ayscough, Variety
Saturday, April 7 7:30 PM
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min.
The beautiful, near-godlike Peter OToole stars as the tortured Man Who Would
Not Be King, T. E. Lawrence, who helped the Arabs revolt against European and Ottoman
hegemony. Director David Leans epic is an absolute masterpiece as
close to perfect as a film can get. Featuring one of the finest casts in any motion
picture: Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn,
Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Faisal. Director of
Photography Freddie Youngs 70mm photography is rightly considered to be a work of
genius, matched by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilsons screenplay, Maurice Jarres
stirring score and John Boxs production design. Winner of seven Academy Awards,
including Best Picture and Best Director. "When youre in the desert, you
look into infinity
It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way,
quite big." David Lean
Wednesday, April 11 7:30 PM
In Glorious 70mm!
PLAYTIME, 1967, Janus Films, 126 min. Dir. Jacques Tati.
If you missed our previous sold-out screenings, this may be one of your last chances
to see the fully restored Jacques Tati masterpiece PLAYTIME, which was conceived
originally as a 70mm viewing experience, then lost for over 30 years (there were only 35mm
prints left of a cut version), and finally rescued by Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff
and Jerome Deschamps. Monsieur Hulot must contact an American official in Paris, but he
gets lost in a stylish maze of modern architecture filled with the latest technical
gadgets. Caught in a tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American
tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. The star of the film: the city built by Tati
and called Tativille/Taticity. From surprise to surprise, its an exquisite and
divine experience! François Truffaut, writing to Jacques Tati about PLAYTIME, said
simply, "A film from another planet."