Contact: Margot Gerber

323.461.2020, ext. 115 (amcin@msn.com)

Date: October 14, 1999

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

AN END-OF-THE-MILLENIUM, LARGE SCREEN BLOW OUT WITH

"THE GREAT BIG 70 MM FESTIVAL" FEATURING THE US PREMIERE OF

"TOMORROW NEVER DIES" IN 70MM AND "GODZILLA" AND

A MEGA-RARE 70MM SCREENING OF "THE WILD BUNCH"

 

 

In-person guests to include: Actresses Shirley Jones (OKLAHOMA), Jean Simmons & Nina Foch (SPARTACUS), and Gloria Stuart (TITANIC); Actor Anthony Michael Hall (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS); and Writer, John Milius (APOCALYPSE NOW)

 

November 5 - 21, 1999

 

HOLLYWOOD – Size does matter, as the American Cinematheque prepares to blow your mind with THE GREAT BIG 70MM FESTIVAL (November 5 - 21, 1999). From Super Technirama 70 to Ultra Panavision to Dimension 150 and more, the 70 mm. large-screen format promised – and delivered – a Barnum-esque world of spectacular sights and 6-track sounds. If the movies were always larger-than-life, then 70 mm. movies were MUCH much larger – films like SPARTACUS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WAR AND PEACE and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. In-person guests during the series will include: Actresses Shirley Jones (OKLAHOMA), Jean Simmons & Nina Foch (SPARTACUS), and Gloria Stuart (TITANIC); Actor Anthony Michael Hall (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS); and Writer, John Milius (APOCALYPSE NOW). More will be announced as they are confirmed. 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.

From 1955 to 1970 – the Golden Age of 70 mm. filmmaking – there were nearly 60 Hollywood features shot in large format, with many more released in special engagements as 35 mm.-to-70 mm. blow-ups (which still offered superior sound and image quality to their 35 mm. counterparts.)

Sadly, 70 mm. is a rapidly endangered species – the last Hollywood feature generally available in this format was James Cameron’s TITANIC in 1997, and there were no major American films released in 70 mm. in 1998 or 1999. The smaller-is-better multiplex mentality, and the higher cost of striking 70 mm. prints – plus the fact that almost all original 70 prints from the 1950’s and 60’s have faded – means that apart from special restoration projects like SPARTACUS or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, there will most likely be no more 70 mm. prints.

This series, then, is a very rare opportunity to experience 70 mm. as it was meant to be seen: on a big, beautiful screen, with booming, 6-track multi-channel sound. From landmarks like the first 70 mm. feature OKLAHOMA!, THE WILD BUNCH and APOCALYPSE NOW, to ultra-rare shorts and ride films, to never-before-seen-in-70 mm. hits like TOMORROW NEVER DIES and GODZILLA, this is the humongous, once-in-a-lifetime, end-of-the-millenium Large Screen Blow-Out you’ve been waiting for …

 

Friday, November 5, 1999

 

The Friday, November 5th program begins at 8:00 PM with a Super Technirama 70 mm screening of Director Stanley Kubrick’s awesome epic, SPARTACUS (1960, Universal, 184 min.), one of the most visually stunning films ever produced in 70 mm. Kirk Douglas stars as the gladiator who leads his fellow slaves in a revolt against Rome, while co-stars, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin and Nina Foch get swept into the firestorm. Brilliantly scripted by writer Dalton Trumbo (whose hiring by producer Douglas helped shatter the blacklist), with Oscar-winning photography by Russell Metty. Discussion scheduled to follow the screening with actresses Jean Simmons and Nina Foch, and with Christopher Trumbo (son of writer Dalton Trumbo).

Saturday, November 6, 1999

The Saturday, November 6th program begins at 2:00 PM, with "Short Films/Big Screen – The 70 mm. Shorts Program," an incredible round-up of theme park films, World’s Fair and Expo shorts and more – all shot in eye-popping 70 mm.! Highlights include the simply astounding time-lapse journey, "A Year Along The Abandoned Road" (12 min.), one of the most amazing shorts we’ve ever seen (we’ll show it TWICE it’s so good). The program continues with a pair of computer-generated, motion-simulator ride films "A Trip To Mars" and "Comet Impact" (4 min. each), along with the dazzling, split-screen Montreal Expo film "A Place To Stand" (18 min.), the Benigni-esque comedy short "Tour Eiffel" (9 min.) and other gems.

 

Following at 5:00 PM is the epic classic, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962, Columbia, 216 min.) in all its Super Panavision 70 mm glory. The beautiful, near-godlike Peter O’Toole stars as the tortured, "Man Who Would Not Be King" in director David Lean’s absolute masterpiece – as close to perfect as a film can get. Co-starring Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy and Omar Sharif. Acclaimed filmmaker Andre de Toth (HOUSE OF WAX, PLAY DIRTY), who worked with director David Lean for over a year on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, is scheduled to discuss the making of this epic film after the screening.

Next at 9:45 PM is BARAKA, (1992, MGM/UA, 96 min.) Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," this film is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who shot the earlier KOYANNISQATSI.) Filmed without dialogue, in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. Variety critic Suzan Ayscough

wrote of BARAKA, "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word." Writing for the LA Times, critic Kevin Thomas commented, "Visionary, shimmeringly beautiful … sheer gorgeousness in Todd AO 70 mm.!"

Friday, November 12, 1999

The Friday, November 12th program begins at 7:00 PM with THE WILD BUNCH, (1969, Warner Bros., 134 min.), Sam Peckinpah’s masterpiece. Saddle up for an mega-rare screening of an original 70 mm. print of this magnificent, ultra-violent Western featuring 6-track sound, and starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin as a band of doomed outlaws trying to outrun history. Discussion scheduled to follow the screening with actor L.Q. Jones

Following at 9:45 PM is the Ultra-Action Double-Header, starting with LIFEFORCE, (1985, Columbia, 101 min.), in which, sex-starved space vampire Mathilda May terrorizes the world while looking for something to wear, in director Tobe Hooper’s gleeful, over-the-top sci-fi flick – one of the great pulp movies of the 1980’s. Steve Railsback co-stars as the lovestruck astronaut dazzled by May’s charms, with help from Peter Firth and "Star Trek’s" Patrick Stewart. Next on the same bill, is MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR, (1981, Warner Bros., 94 min.), director George Miller’s lean, mean, thrill machine. Hockey-mask-wearing Lord Humongous whips his speed-freaks into a frenzy, while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization. "Along with James Cameron’s ALIENS, this is the finest action film of the 1980's," says Dennis Bartok, American Cinematheque Director of Programming,

Saturday, November 13, 1999

The Saturday, November 13th program begins at 6:00 PM with the U.S. Premiere in 70 mm of director Roger Spottiswoode's TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997, MGM/UA, 119 min.) featuring DTS Digital Sound! This explosive, techno-packed film finally returns the Bond series to top form, with dashing Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007 battling media mastermind Jonathan Pryce, bedding ex-flame Teri Hatcher and sparring with fabulous Hong Kong action-star Michelle Yeoh. Previously released only in Europe in 70 mm.

Following at 8:45 PM is the Mega-Rare 70 mm Screening of APOCALYPSE NOW (1979, American Zoetrope, 150 min.). Reluctant assassin Martin Sheen leads a boatload of surfer-boys and sauciers up-river to find renegade colonel Marlon Brando, in director Francis Ford Coppola’s magnificent, crazed, wildly surreal Vietnam film. Adapted by Coppola and co-writer John Milius from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, APOCALYPSE co-stars Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms and Dennis Hopper don’t miss this rarer-than-rare screening of an original 70 mm. print of the film, courtesy of Coppola himself! Screenwriter John Milius is scheduled to introduce the screening.

 

Sunday, November 14, 1999

The Sunday, November 14th program begins at 2:00 PM with a Stunning Todd-AO 70 mm. print of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, 20th Century Fox, 174 min.) featuring 6-Track Stereo Sound! For many, this classic musical is the 70 mm. experience, from the first silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to Julie

Andrews suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar-winner for Best Picture and Robert Wise’s flawless direction, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a reason, a virtual commandment to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman.

Next at 6:00 PM is the First Hollywood Feature in Todd-AO 70 mm, director Fred Zinnemann's OKLAHOMA! (1955, MGM/UA, 145 min.). Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame headline this dynamic, show-stopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The first Hollywood feature released in 70 mm. – courtesy of producer Michael Todd and the American Optical Co. ("Todd-AO") – OKLAHOMA! features astonishing and revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Discussion scheduled following the screening with actress Shirley Jones.

Friday, November 19, 1999

The Friday, November 19th program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of the only Surviving 70 mm. print of the macabre masterpiece, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS ( 1990, 20th Century Fox, 98 min.). Director Tim Burton’s wondrous modern fairy-tale – his most heartbreaking and inventive film – stars Johnny Depp as the boy with pruning shears for hands, courtesy of inventor father Vincent Price (in his final film role.) Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin are the suburbanites who fall under Scissorhand’s spell, in this utterly original Burton creation. Discussion scheduled following the screening with actor Anthony Michael Hall.

Following at 9:15 PM is the Psychedelic Sci-Fi Double-Feature starting with TOTAL RECALL, (1990, Columbia, 109 min.). Future-time 2084: construction worker Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to escape his nightmares by taking a mind-vacation to Mars – trouble is, he’s already been there, in director Paul Verhoeven’s brutally surreal, wickedly funny sci-fi film, based on Phillip K. Dick’s "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Sharon Stone literally kicks out the jams as Arnold’s murderously sexy "wife," with help from ber-villain Michael Ironside. Actor Michael Ironside scheduled to introduce screening.

Next on the same bill, is ALTERED STATES (1980, Warner Bros., 102 min.). Director Ken Russell’s hallucinatory version of the Jekyll & Hyde story stars William Hurt as a Harvard professor who explores sensory deprivation in an effort to travel back in time. The Hollywood Reporter critic, Ron Pennington commented that the film is "A kind of inner-space odyssey that’s terrifying in its view of primal human nature … a mesmerizing visual experience."

Saturday, November 20, 1999

The Saturday, November 20th program begins at 2:00 PM with a Free Children’s Matinee Screening of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968, MGM/UA, 145 min.). Shown in Super Panavision 70 mm, director Ken Hughes' magical feature stars the irrepressible Dick van Dyke as an inventor who transforms a broken-down car into a flying machine – to the delight of children Heather Ripley and Adrian Hall. With a wonderful score by the MARY POPPINS team of Richard and Robert Sherman, heard here in stunning 6-

track sound! Please note: this sole surviving 70 mm. print of the film has faded. Because of its extreme rarity, we’re presenting it here as a free screening. Tickets available at the box office the day of screening on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following at 6:00 PM is the U.S. Premiere in 70 mm of GODZILLA (1998, Columbia, 140 min.) with DTS Digital Sound! Japan’s favorite lizard kicks the hell out of New York City, while bumbling scientist Matthew Broderick deals with love problems and French commando agent Jean Reno, in director Roland Emmerich’s wildly-entertaining take on 1950’s radioactive creature flicks. Released only in Europe in 70 mm., this is the first (and possibly only) time you’ll ever see GODZILLA in this large-screen format – don’t miss it!

Following at 9:00 PM, is TITANIC (1997, Paramount, 194 min.), the winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart, Kathy Bates and Billy Zane star. The film will be presented in DTS Digital Sound. Director/writer James Cameron resurrects the doomed R.M.S. Titanic as a shimmering spectacle of polished brass and lost love. First the most-expensive, and later the most-successful movie in Hollywood history, TITANIC was in reality a labor of love and craft for Cameron and crew -- from cinematographer Russell Carpenter’s luminous ocean images to production designer Peter Lamont’s meticulous reconstructions of the Titanic interiors. If you’ve seen TITANIC once, twice, three times, come see it again, in a gorgeous 70 mm. print courtesy of Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox! Actress Gloria Stuart scheduled to introduce the screening.

 

Sunday, November 21, 1999

The Sunday, November 21st program begins at 12:00 Noon with a Mega-Rare All-Day Screening of the Oscar-Winning Soviet Epic, WAR AND PEACE (1968, 507 min.), featuring Ludmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tihonov and Hira Ivanov-Golovko. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, director (and actor) Sergei Bondarchuk’s majestic, heartstopping version of the Tolstoy novel is one of the most powerful and indelible experiences in film, from its awesome, windswept battle scenes to its tragic portraits of 19th century Russian nobility. Rarely shown because of its 8-hour plus running time, WAR AND PEACE is screened here in its entirety, in a once-in-a-decade event!! (The film will be screened in 5 parts, with an intermission between each.)

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS AND PRESS NOTES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME.

 

ADVANCE THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENINGS ARE NOT SCHEDULED FOR THIS SERIES. MOST FILMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) AT LOCAL VIDEO STORES LISTED BELOW. CALL US TO FIND OUT WHICH STORES HAVE WHICH TAPES.

 

Jerry’s Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)

Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)

Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)

Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508)

 

 

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Upcoming at the American Cinematheque:

I.B. Technicolor Festival – Billy Wilder Retrospective – Women in Shorts

Recent Spanish Cinema 2000 (Featuring a Retrospective Tribute to Director Pedro Almodovar)

Tony Curtis Tribute - New Hollywood of the 60’s & 70’s