Son of 70mm Film Festival
Friday, July 11th – Thursday, July 24th, 2014
The Music Box Theatre is proud to bring you the return of our 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.
Sat 12 Jul, 9:15pm
Tue 15 Jul, 7:00pm
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.
- Best Effects, Special Visual Effects, Academy Awards 1969
Fri 18 Jul, 6:00pm
Wed 23 Jul, 9:30pm
Natalie Wood made her last screen appearance in Brainstorm; in fact, she died before the film was completed, necessitating extensive rewrites.
Wood’s character is secondary to the one played by Christopher Walken. A research scientist, Walken has been experimenting with a revolutionary brain-reading device. This wondrous machine is able to read a person’s thought processes and translate them to videotape. When Walken wants to study the brainwaves of his late partner Louise Fletcher, he finds himself seriously at odds with his superiors—not to mention several ominous-looking government types, headed by Cliff Robertson.
Sat 12 Jul, 2:30pm
Sat 19 Jul, 4:30pm
directed by Richard Fleischer
Rex Harrison embodies musical film perfection in 70mm as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse’s musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. He can talk with the animals — in 498 animal dialects.
Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley) and Emma Fairfax (Samantha Eggar) and heads off on a journey to the South Seas to find the elusive great pink snail and the giant lunar moth. Along the way, the group encounters a succession of bizarre human and animal characters — most notably the legendary pushme-pullyou, an animal so freakish that it compels Albert Blossom (Richard Attenborough) to burst out into the exuberant song, “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like it in My Life.”
- Best Effects, Special Effects, Academy Awards
- Best Music, Original Song, Academy Awards
Sun 20 Jul, 1:30pm
Tue 22 Jul, 7:00pm
starring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Jimmy Durante, Peter Falk
Before literally kicking the bucket when his car careens off an embankment, “Smiler” Grogan tells onlookers he’s stashed $350,000 beneath the big “W” in Santa Rosita — and thus begins a mad dash to recover said dough.
- Best Effects, Sound Effects, Academy Awards
Fri 11 Jul, 7:00pm
Sun 13 Jul, 3:30pm
Mon 14 Jul, 7:00pm
directed by David Lean in English starring Peter O'Toole, Alex Guinness, Omar Sharif, and Anthony Quinn
Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1962, Lawrence of Arabia is a timeless motion picture masterpiece.
In honor of its five decades as one of the best films ever made, we are screening the film as part of the 2014 70mm Film Festival. This is a rare opportunity to see Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen with the detail and range of color and brightness that is only possible in 70mm.
Directed by David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai) and starring Peter O’Toole in a career making performance, this is the #7 film on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.
- Best Picture, Academy Awards
- Best Director, Academy Awards
- Best Cinematography, Color, Academy Awards
Fri 18 Jul, 9:00pm
Mon 21 Jul, 7:30pm
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 Blood — The 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.
Sun 20 Jul, 5:00pm
Gen. George S. Patton earned the nickname “Blood and Guts” for his determination on the battlefield. This epic-scale production follows the commander as he guides his troops across Africa and Europe, illuminating a man whose life was defined by war.
- Best Picture, Academy Awards
- Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
- Best Director, Academy Awards
- Best Writing, Academy Awards
Sat 12 Jul, 5:30pm
Thu 17 Jul, 7:00pm
directed by Stanley Kubrick in English starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons
Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave, and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height.
The inspirational true account of man’s eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.
- Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards 1961
- Nominated: Best Cinematography, Color, Academy Awards 1961
Sat 19 Jul, 2:00pm
Sun 20 Jul, 9:00pm
directed by Steven Lisberger starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner
Sometimes when you’re the first to do something, you’re also the last. Taking a huge gamble on the use of CGI and other cutting edge special effects techniques, Disney and director Steve Lisberger’s sci-fi computer fantasy became a bit of a dud upon release. But it remains to this day a unique vision of a computer’s inner landscape that even its sequel couldn’t replicate quite the same way. As for the story, who doesn’t love what is essentially a 90-minute prison-break action flick starring Jeff Bridges? Oh, and did we mention the prison they’re trying to escape is the inside of a computer?! Celebrate the 30th anniversary with us!
Sat 19 Jul, 8:00pm
Wed 23 Jul, 7:00pm
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.
- Nominated: Best Art Direction, Academy Awards 1959
- Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards 1959