Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival

Friday, February 15th – Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you a two-week festival of films presented in glorious 70mm. See these films as their creators wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film, and in 70mm.

 
<cite>Vertigo</cite>

Vertigo

directed by Alfred Hitchcock in English starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

<cite>2001: A Space Odyssey</cite>

2001: A Space Odyssey [70mm]

directed by Stanley Kubrick in English starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester

The classic Kubrick film presented in 70mm. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award®-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion.

It may be the masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke)… and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations.

<cite>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</cite>

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [70mm]

directed by Ken Hughes starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill

Dick Van Dyke stars as quirky inventor Caractacus Potts, whose magical flying car transports his family and lovely lady friend to Vulgaria, a kingdom strangely devoid of children, ruled by the evil Baron Bomburst.

Please read this blog post about the film print quality, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is pink.

<cite>Lord Jim</cite>

Lord Jim

directed by Richard Brooks starring Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins, Paul Lukas, Daliah Lavi, Akim Tamiroff, Andrew Keir, Jack MacGowran

Writer Joseph Conrad’s stirring maritime novel charts the emotional course of British seaman Jim (Peter O’Toole), a thrill-seeker aboard a merchant vessel who longs for adventure.

He finds that in spades when the ship is caught in an all-consuming storm. But he also discovers that he has no courage to spare, and he soon abandons ship — an act that drives him to redeem himself in a dangerous Southeast Asian jungle.

<cite>Lifeforce</cite>

Lifeforce

directed by Tobe Hooper in English starring Steve Railsback, Mathilda May and Peter Firth

American and British astronauts on a joint mission exploring an alien spacecraft discover that the vessel contains several seemingly human bodies. But after they’re brought back to Earth, they come alive and start turning Londoners into zombies.

<cite>Playtime</cite>

Playtime

directed by Jacques Tati in French starring Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek and Rita Maiden

The celebrated Jacques Tati directs and stars in this brilliantly eccentric ode to humanity. Tati plays Monsieur Hulot, a Parisian who’s befuddled by the changes he witnesses in his beloved city, which has grown increasingly touristy.

As Hulot roams the uncomfortably modern Paris with a group of American tourists, his story epitomizes the struggle of modern man to maintain a soul in the face of an impersonal world.

<cite>The Master</cite>

The Master

directed by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams

Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2007’s There Will Be BloodThe Master is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master”, whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

<cite>West Side Story</cite>

West Side Story

in English

Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this classic musical set among the tenements of New York City finds star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony caught in the midst of a turf war between rival street gangs.

<cite>Hamlet</cite>

Hamlet

directed by Kenneth Branagh in English starring Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie and Derek Jacobi

Veteran Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh delivers a brooding performance as the Danish prince driven to madness by his father’s death in this four-hour production of one of the Bard’s finest plays, featuring cameos by several stars.

Tormented by his father’s ghost and enraged by his mother’s plans to wed his uncle, Hamlet concocts a revenge plot that leaves the stage dripping with blood.

Look for Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Kate Winslet.

Pricing

Tickets for all film screenings are $9.25.

The Music Box also offers 70 very special 70mm passes for $70 that give the holder admission to every screening of every film in the series (yes, that means pass-holders can see a film more than once at no additional charge).

Schedule

Purchase advance tickets online. Tickets are $9.25 each or $70 for a festival pass.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

5:30pm
Vertigo
8:00pm
2001: A Space Odyssey

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

1:00pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
4:30pm
Lord Jim
8:00pm
2001: A Space Odyssey

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

1:00pm
Vertigo
4:00pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7:00pm
2001: A Space Odyssey

Monday, February 18th, 2013

6:30pm
2001: A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

6:30pm
Vertigo

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

6:30pm
Lifeforce

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

6:30pm
2001: A Space Odyssey

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

5:30pm
Playtime
8:00pm
The Master

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

1:00pm
West Side Story
4:30pm
Playtime
7:30pm
The Master

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

1:00pm
Hamlet
5:45pm
West Side Story
8:40pm
Lifeforce

Monday, February 25th, 2013

6:30pm
The Master

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

6:30pm
Hamlet

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

6:30pm
West Side Story

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

6:30pm
Playtime

Almost since the advent of film there have been variations of 70mm film used to capture visual clarity unequalled in 35mm filming. As 70mm films became popular in the 1940’s through the 1980’s most were filmed in 65mm with the remaining 5mm devoted to sound.

Due to the costs of 70mm film few films were ever shot in this large format, and following their initial release many of them were also released in 35mm to facilitate wide release. Other films were shot in 35mm and “blown up” to 70mm to facilitate more sound information. When DTS sound and Dolby Surround were introduced to cinemas, 70mm (and auditoriums devoted to 70mm) all but disappeared. The result: few people have had the chance to see true 70mm presentation.

Contrary to popular belief, 70mm is not a larger image—it is a format that allows for more information and more visual clarity than its 35mm counterpart. There is a depth to the image that is unlike 35mm, and certainly very different from digital projection.

Over the past several years the film industry has moved away from film in favor of digital projection. Film, in any format, is expensive to use for production and replication. For the first time since the advent of sound, cinemas have had to make a major change in their projection capabilities, making the number of auditoriums outfitted for 35mm or 70mm film projection very few.

The Music Box Theatre is committed to film presentation in any and all formats available and is one of the very few cinemas in the United States able to screen 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and almost all digital formats. It is with this capability that in this very special series we proudly present to Chicago these nine films as examples of 70mm film. All of these films were filmed in 65mm and will be presented the way their makers intended.

Opening day of the 70mm Film Festival

by Dave Jennings, Fri 15 Feb 2013, 9:35am

On this opening day of our 70mm Film Festival I want to share with you a bunch of short videos you have to watch on your computer screen, perhaps just so you are more appreciative of film when you come to the Music Box this week.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is pink

by Dave Jennings, Thu 14 Feb 2013, 3:24pm

There are good things and bad things about vintage film prints. We have some sad news about our 70mm film presentation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the print has turned very pink over the years.

Other instances of the 70mm Film Festival

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