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70mm Festival! Happy People! Labyrinth!
Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

We’re very excited to bring you another week of the Music Box 70mm Film Festival! This week, we have screenings of everything from Jacques Tati’s lighthearted satire Playtime to the musical sensation West Side Story to the most recent film to tackle the 70mm format, Paul Thomas Anderson’s ambitious and engrossing The Master (Nominated for 3 Oscars this year). Purchase advance tickets now (Tickets for The Master are going fast!).

Also coming this week is Happy People: A Year In The Taiga, the latest release from Music Box Films. This visually stunning documentary, co-directed by Werner Herzog, presents an in-depth look at the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Check out Roger Ebert’s 3.5 star review of the film and profile on Herzog.

We also have midnight screenings of the Jim Henson/David Bowie 80s classic Labyrinth, and weekend matinees of Midnight Cowboy (the only X-rated film to win Best Picture at the Oscars) and the hit documentary 56 Up.

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 21st – Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

A film by Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov


Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

“***1/2 (out of 4)”
–Bruce DeMara

With commentary written and narrated by Werner Herzog, the camera follows a trapper through all four seasons of a year. Siberia extends from Ural to the Pacific and is one and a half times the size of the USA. 38 million people live in this giant area, the majority of them in the prosperous south.

In the heart of the Siberian wilderness, deep in the taiga and far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit a small village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: one is by helicopter, the other by boat. Here, deep in the wilderness, there is no telephone available, nor running water or medical aid. The people are on their own. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. If human civilization was destroyed, they would survive, thanks to the knowledge of their forefathers.



A film by Jim Henson starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly


Teenage Sarah makes the big mistake one night of wishing her baby brother away; now she must navigate the diabolical Labyrinth and confront the goblin king Jareth in order to rescue him. Another Jim Henson visual feast, starring a super-young Jennifer Connelly and featuring original songs by the goblin king himself, David Bowie!


Midnight Cowboy

A film by John Schlesinger starring Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Sylvia Miles


Jon Voight moves to New York City with the naive intention of becoming a gigolo and getting rich. Down on his luck, he meets sickly Ratso (Dustin Hoffman) and the two become steadfast anchors for each other as they attempt to survive on the streets of the Big Apple. The only X-rated film to win an Oscar!


56 Up

A film by Michael Apted, Paul Almond


Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series is back with the age 56 installment.

“I think it’s the most notable use of film that I’ve been able to witness as a filmgoer. Noble in its simplicity and its honesty and its directness and its lack of pretension or grandiosity. Just the gaze of an interested observer coming into these lives and saying, ‘How you doin’?’”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Nothing like this will ever be made again, and none of us is likely to age as well as the series itself.”
–James Walton, The Telegraph

Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, The Up Series has been called “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium” by renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

In 1964, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted began his career as a researcher on a new experimental series for Granada TV called Seven Up, which explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds from all over England, to see whether a class system was in place. By asking the children about their lives and their dreams for the future, difference in attitudes and opportunity were witnessed.

For almost half a century, Apted has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn, and Susan, and the iconoclast Neil, the present age brings more life-changing decisions and surprising developments. From success and disappointment, marriage and childbirth, to poverty and illness, nearly every facet of life is discussed with the group, as they assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination.


John Dies at the End

A film by Don Coscarelli starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, and Paul Giamatti


Mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David.

“??John Dies at the End?? is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy--and an immensely entertaining one, too.”

It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Based on the novel by author David Wong, John Dies at the End was adapted and directed by horror auteur Don Coscarelli. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.

After sold-out screenings at major film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Seattle, John Dies at the End will be coming soon to a theater near you.


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