FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
AN I.B. TECHNICOLOR FILM FESTIVAL FEATURING RARE NITRATE PRINTS OF "THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD" STARRING ERROL FLYNN; THE CULT HORROR FILMS "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" & "COBRA WOMAN;" PLUS TECHNICOLOR PRINTS OF CLASSICS LIKE "BEN HUR," "THE BAND WAGON," "GIGI" & "WAR OF THE WORLDS,"
and A DYE-TRANSFER TECHNICOLOR SEMINAR
In-person guests to include: Director J. Lee Thompson (THE GUNS OF NAVARONE); Actors Charlton Heston (BEN HUR); John Agar (SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON), Gene Barry & Robert Cornthwaite (WAR OF THE WORLDS) and; Actresses Susanna Foster (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Ann Robinson (WAR OF THE WORLDS) and Martha Scott (BEN HUR)
Co-Presented with SabuCat Productions. Sponsored by Technicolor Worldwide Film Group
February 3 13, 2000
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheque, in association with SabuCat Productions, will present TECHNICOLOR DREAMS: THE MARVELOUS AGE OF I.B. TECHNICOLOR AT THE MOVIES (February 3-13, 2000), a retrospective showcasing a dazzling array of features, shorts, trailers and promotional materials, all in stunning I.B. Technicolor Prints. Highlights of the series include: screenings of rare nitrate prints of films such as THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD starring Errol Flynn and the horror classics PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and COBRA WOMAN; screenings of original I.B. Technicolor prints of favorites such as THE BAND WAGON, BEN HUR and WAR OF THE WORLDS; plus the US Premiere of GIGI in Technicolor and a seminar on Dye-Transfer Technicolor featuring rare trailers, an early 1950s Technicolor industrial film and much more. Joining us for the series in-person are: Director J. Lee Thompson (THE GUNS OF NAVARONE; and Andre de Toth (2nd Unit Director on THE JUNGLE BOOK); Actors Charlton Heston (BEN HUR), John Agar (SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON), Gene Barry & Robert Cornthwaite (WAR OF THE WORLDS); Actresses Susanna Foster (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Ann Robinson (WAR OF THE WORLDS) and Martha Scott (BEN HUR). All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
Almost a novelty when it was introduced to film in the early 1920s, Technicolor reached its zenith in
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the 1940s and 50s, when classics like BEN HUR, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, THE JUNGLE BOOK and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS were released using the brilliant, deeply-saturated hues of dye-transfer Technicolor. I.B. (or "imbibition") Technicolor prints are becoming increasingly scarce treasures since Technicolor stopped U.S. production of them in 1974 (they recently revived the process for the re-release of GONE WITH THE WIND and other films.)
Thursday, February 3, 2000
The Thursday, February 3rd program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of BEN HUR, (1959, MGM (Warners), 212 min.), directed by William Wyler. Technicolor was made for epics like this: boyhood comrades Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd grow up to be fierce enemies in the time of Christ. The grueling chariot race is worth the price of admission alone. Winner of 11 Oscars including Best Picture. BEN HUR originally premiered at the Egyptian and allegedly played there in a road show version for two years! Discussion following with actors Charlton Heston and Martha Scott.
Friday, February 4, 2000
The Friday, February 4th program begins at 7:00 PM, with a double feature. First is THE JUNGLE BOOK (1942, MGM/UA, 109 min.), a banquet of gorgeous exotica with Sabu as the boy raised by wolves in the jungle, in what may be the best version of Rudyard Kipling's classic. The massive ruined temple in the forest, strewn with jade, rubies and poisonous snakes, was an obvious inspiration for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Directed by Zoltan Korda. Dont miss this stunning, once-in-a-lifetime IB Technicolor print of the film. The acclaimed filmmaker Andre de Toth (HOUSE OF WAX, PLAY DIRTY), who served as 2nd Unit Director on THE JUNGLE BOOK, will join us to discuss this classic film.
Next on the same bill is STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (aka A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH) (1946, Columbia, 104 min.), directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. In this all-time great fantasy film, WW2 pilot David Niven pleads his case in Heaven, claiming he was not meant to die and should be allowed to return to lovely Kim Hunter on earth. Although the film was recently and lovingly restored, NOTHING compares to the fabulous, radiant colors of this original British Technicolor print never before seen in the U.S.!!
Saturday, February 5, 2000
The Saturday, February 5th program begins at 5:00 PM with an Ultra-Rare Nitrate Technicolor Horror Double-Feature. First is PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943, Universal, 92 min.), directed by Arthur Lubin. This Eerily unique, strange hybrid resulted from the unholy marriage of the Universal horror cycle with the Nelson Eddy operetta genre. The ever-mesmerizing Claude Rains is tragic Erik the Phantom, and Susanna Foster the beautiful soprano he worships. Dont miss the Phantom in this unique nitrate Technicolor print! Discussion following with actress Susanna Foster (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) schedule permitting. Next on the same bill is COBRA WOMAN (1944, Universal, 70 min.), directed by Robert Siodmak. The mid-40s Universal kitsch quotient spills over-the-top in this gonzo saga of island maiden Maria Montez slugging it out with her newly-discovered evil twin sister!! With Jon Hall, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Sabu. Another nitrate Technicolor gem from the vaults.
Following at 8:30 PM is another Ultra-Rare Nitrate Technicolor Double-Feature. First is THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938, Warner Bros., 102 min.) directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley. Swashbuckling Errol Flynn ("Welcome to Sherwood-!!") rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages. Commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films, you will have the opportunity to see it in an original nitrate print. Next on the same bill is FOUR FEATHERS (1939, MGM/UA, 115 min.), another splendid Orientalist escapade from Zoltan Korda, the director of JUNGLE BOOK. John Clements and Ralph Richardson star as 19th century British officers battling the Sudanese to prove their mettle, in this landmark example of early Technicolor photography presented here in a dazzling 35 mm. nitrate print! Miramax and Paramount Studios have just announced plans to re-make this film.
Sunday, February 6, 2000
The Sunday, February 6th program begins at 5:00 PM with a Technicolor Action Double-Feature. First is THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961, Columbia, 157 min.) directed by J. Lee Thompson. Gregory Peck leads David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and Stanley Baker on a perilous mission to destroy an enormous Nazi gun battery on the Greek coast in what is, after EL CID, one of the most intelligent and human of action-packed spectaculars. Next on the same bill is SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949, RKO (Warner Classics), 103 min.) directed by John Ford. This is the second, most elegaic -- and only color -- installment of Ford's bravura cavalry trilogy that includes FORT APACHE and RIO GRANDE. John Wayne is the officer reluctant to retire in the face of impending hostilities. With Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson and Victor McLaglen. There will be a discussion between the films with director J. Lee Thompson (GUNS OF NAVARONE) and actor John Agar (SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON.
Wednesday, February 9, 2000
The Wednesday, February 9th program begins at 8:00 PM with a Seminar on Dye-Transfer Technicolor
This in-depth seminar will look at the rare beauty and mystery and technical achievements of dye-transfer Technicolor, from its origins in the 1920s up to the present, illustrated with rare clips and discussion including a long-lost 1952 industrial trailer advertising the Technicolor process; a sample of Chinese Technicolor from the 1980s; and a comparison of 1970s Kodak Eastman color which has faded and British Technicolor which hasnt! SabuCat Productions owner Jeff Joseph will host with representatives from Technicolor. SabuCat owns the worlds largest collection of trailers.
Friday, February 11, 2000
The Friday, February 11th program begins at 7:00 PM with a Vincente Minnelli double-feature. First is the U.S. Premiere of GIGI (1958, MGM (Warners), 119 min.) in an IB Technicolor print. Director Vincente Minnellis GIGI is an absolutely delightful, spirited musical adaptation of Colette's novel about a sweet young girl (Leslie Caron) trained by her aunt for the world's oldest profession in turn-of-the-century Paris. Winner of 9 Oscars including Best Picture. With Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan. Next on the same bill is THE BAND WAGON (1953, MGM (Warners), 112 min.) Vincente Minnellis brilliant backstage musical from the pen of Comden and Green (including "Thats Entertainment" and "Dancing In The Dark"), stars Fred Astaire as a washed-up dancer who joins forces with megolomaniac producer Jack Buchanan (a true delight) and gal-pal Nanette Fabray. Arguably the most modern and inventive of the great MGM musicals climaxing in the simply mindblowing "Girl Chase" ballet between Astaire and vamp Cyd Charisse - !
Saturday, February 12, 2000
The Saturday, February 12th program begins at 5:30 PM with WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953, Paramount, 85 min.), directed by Byron Haskin. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson battle the invading Martian war machines in this still amazingly visceral, comic book-style feast of apocalyptic images. Dont miss the flaming reds and supernatural greens of this original Technicolor print of producer George Pals sci-fi classic! Discussion following with actors Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Robert Cornthwaite (schedule permitting).
Following at 8:00 PM is a double-feature. First is CHARADE (1963, Universal, 114 min.) directed by Stanley Donen. Suave, sinister entertainment ensues as mystery man Cary Grant disguises his real motives, while he helps Audrey Hepburn locate her dead husbands hidden trove of WW2 loot in Paris. Along the way, they run across murderous crooks James Coburn, George Kennedy and Ned Glass, along with dubious CIA agent Walter Matthau, in Donens delightful Pop-Art thriller a 60s treat in eye-popping IB Technicolor! Next on the same bill is a 4-Track Mag Stereo Print screening of THE SIGN OF THE PAGAN (1954, Universal, 92 min.). Jack Palance is positively anarchic in a role he was born to play: Attila the Hun! Jeff Chandler is the (comparatively) civilized Roman charged with repulsing the barbarian horde, in director Douglas Sirks rarely-seen CinemaScope epic, dripping with slave-girls, velvet robes and Hollywood bloodlust all in IB Technicolor glory.
Sunday, February 13, 2000
The Sunday, February 13th program begins at 5:00 PM with a Musical double-feature. First is THE KING AND I (1956, 20th Century Fox, 133 min.) directed by Walter Lang. Deborah Kerr is truly luminescent as the British schoolmarm given the task of tutoring Siamese king Yul Brynner's many children, in this stunning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Next on the same bill is THE GANG'S ALL HERE (1943, 20th Century Fox, 103 min.). Busby Berkeley does Technicolor as the late, great Alice Faye, Benny Goodman, Edward Everett Horton and others wind their way through a jaw-dropping series of surreal set-pieces. Carmen Miranda outdoes them all as the Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat, shaking and shimmying her way into Technicolor nirvana
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PRESS SCREENING: Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 PM at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Blvd.). To RSVP please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.Instead of showing any one film in its entirety, we are putting together a special compilation that will last approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. It will only be shown on this one night and is not available on tape. The program is will consist of the following (this is not the screening order): Four to five trailers for films in the series. THE BAND WAGON, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and WAR OF THE WORLDS will probably be among those shown. A sample reel of 2-strip color advertisements from the 1930s. The Technicolor Marketing trailer (10 min.) from the early 1950s that will be shown at the Dye-Transfer Technicolor seminar. One reel each of the movies: BEN HUR, CHARADE and JUNGLE BOOK. The program may vary slightly from the above description, but this is what we think is going to happen.S TO FIND OUT WHICH STORES HAVE WHICH TAPES.
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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Date: January 7, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 ext. 115
Upcoming at the American Cinematheque:
Recent Spanish Cinema 2000 (Featuring a Retrospective Tribute to Director Pedro Almodovar)
Tony Curtis Tribute - New Hollywood of the 60s & 70s
*Please note that Pola X (scheduled for March 29th) will be postponed.
Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
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