The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2018

Movies & Showtimes for
The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2018

Sat, Sep 15th
Patton

Thu, Sep 20th
Patton

2001: A Space Odyssey

A FILM BY: Stanley Kubrick
WRITTEN BY: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
STARRING: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

70mm with DTS Sound from Warner Brothers

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1968
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 164 mins
Format: 70mm

The Dark Crystal

A FILM BY: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
WRITTEN BY: David Odell (screenplay), Jim Henson (story)
STARRING: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Universal

A young Gelfling named Jen sets out to restore order to his planet by recovering a glass shard from the broken and powerful Dark Crystal. A delightfully creepy collaboration between Jim Henson and Frank Oz, THE DARK CRYSTAL presents a darker side of the muppets and features some of the bet animatronics of the '80s (which still hold up beautifully today). Variety noted the film was a welcome lesson in morality for parents and children alike, and "the outstanding character is the Aughra, an ancient one-eyed harridan of an oracle who somehow reminds one of a truly blowsy Shelly Winters."

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 70mm

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

A FILM BY: Steven Spielberg
STARRING: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Paramount

In the third entry in the Indiana Jones series, Harrison Ford has to rescue his father, professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery), from the Nazis before they get to the Holy Grail. Beautifully shot in Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Jordan, THE LAST CRUSADE is genuinely thrilling entertainment that still makes time for Steven Spielberg's patented deadbeat father and son dynamics. Featuring River Phoenix as a teenage Indiana Jones!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1989
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 127 mins
Format: 70mm

Lawrence of Arabia

A FILM BY: David Lean
WRITTEN BY: T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay)
STARRING: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

New 70mm Print with DTS Sound from Sony Pictures Repertory

An account of the life and adventures of T.E. Lawrence (piercingly blue-eyed Peter O'Toole), David Lean's finest film is the rare historical epic that works on nearly every level, combining awe-inspiring production values with a genuinely moving story of a deeply imperfect man. Made by people who really mean business, the locations were so hot and dry that they caused cracking in the emulsion of the camera negative. Don't watch this one at home!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1962
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 228 mins
Format: 70mm

Patton

A FILM BY: Franklin J. Schaffner
WRITTEN BY: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North
STARRING: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young

Archival 70mm Print with DTS Sound from Twentieth Century Fox

George C. Scott stars as the controversial WWII general "Old Blood and Guts" George S. Patton, in a performance so crazed and immersed it's hard not to believe he's the man himself. A personal favorite of Roger Ebert, who called PATTON "not only one of the best American movies, but one of the best uses ever made of 70mm widescreen photography... it is startling how good a movie can look."

Technical Information

Production Year: 1970
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 172 mins
Format: 70mm

The Remains of the Day

A FILM BY: James Ivory
WRITTEN BY: Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
STARRING: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Sony Pictures Repertory

Adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Merchant-Ivory's exquisite follow-up to HOWARDS END reunites Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in another understated and adult romance. A tale of compromise and complicity in interwar England, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY follows housekeeper Miss Kenton (Thompson) as she waits for unflappable head butler Stevens (Hopkins) to think above his station and express his feelings while their employer Lord Darlington (James Fox) pursues a separate peace with Nazi Germany. The only Merchant-Ivory production to receive a 70mm release, REMAINS OF THE DAY shows the team's typical attention to costume design, set decoration, and period detail to its best advantage in this lovely blowup.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 134 mins
Format: 70mm

Silverado

A FILM BY: Lawrence Kasdan
WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Kasdan
STARRING: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Sony Pictures Repertory

Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and an Oscar-nominee for THE BIG CHILL, uses his industry clout to assemble a star-studded cast for this old-fashioned Western. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner (in his breakout role) are four drifters who arrive in a small town overrun by a corrupt sheriff and his mercenaries. Kasdan pays tribute to the cowboy films of the past, with thrilling gunfights, horseback chases, jailbreaks, dishonorable men doing honorable deeds, and fills the 70mm frame with sun-drenched vistas of the old west. All this, plus Jeff Goldblum as a lowlife gambler!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 133 mins
Format: 70mm

The Sound of Music

A FILM BY: Robert Wise
STARRING: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

Archival 70m Print with DTS Sound from Twentieth Century Fox

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in the beloved American classic, based on the real life von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-annexed Austria. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, THE SOUND OF MUSIC was enormously popular on its original release, with many 70mm engagements running over two years straight (the run at the Michael Todd Theatre in Chicago was 92 weeks)! With music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Patrons please note, this is NOT a Sing-A-Long!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1965
Language: English
Run Time: 172 mins
Format: 70mm

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

A FILM BY: Nicholas Meyer
WRITTEN BY: Gene Roddenberry (television series "Star Trek"), Leonard Nimoy (story)
STARRING: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Paramount

The final entry in the Star Trek franchise starring the cast of The Original Series (and the last Star Trek film to receive a 70mm release), THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY is a still timely Russian/American allegory that borrows heavily from Shakespeare and finds the crew of the Enterprise gracefully confronting old age. Hesitant to admit he was really a fan, Gene Siskel revealed on "At The Movies" that after 6 movies, he'd "really grown to like these people." Featuring an earth shattering Dolby SR soundtrack and Christopher Plummer.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: 70mm

The Thing

A FILM BY: John Carpenter
WRITTEN BY: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
STARRING: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Universal

Master of horror John Carpenter and frequent collaborator Kurt Russell take you to a remote outpost in Antarctica, as a group of American research scientists discover that a nearby camp has been destroyed and a strange craft has been found beneath the ice. Under attack by an alien lifeform that can assume the shape of its victims, THE THING is a harrowing combination of slow burn paranoia and gruesome body horror. With groundbreaking creature special effects by Rob Bottin (TOTAL RECALL, SE7EN) and music by the great Ennio Morricone. 

Please note this print has somewhat faded color. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: 70mm

West Side Story

A FILM BY: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
WRITTEN BY: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Arthur Laurents (book)
STARRING: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
70mm with DTS Sound from Park Circus
 
Adapted from the incredibly successful Broadway play, even the magnificent 70mm frame has trouble containing the raw energy of WEST SIDE STORY. Robert Wise (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) co-directed with Jerome Robbins, who had a nervous breakdown midway through production - the results are visible on screen, and it was worth it. For our money, this is one of the best looking prints of the festival, it also has the best end credits sequence by Saul Bass.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1961
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 152 mins
Format: 70mm

Year of the Dragon

A FILM BY: Michael Cimino
WRITTEN BY: Robert Daley (novel), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
STARRING: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Private Collections, permission from Warner Brothers

Director Michael Ciminos first film after the infamously disastrous (and quite beautiful) HEAVEN'S GATE, YEAR OF THE DRAGON stars Mickey Rourke as Vietnam War veteran Stanley White, a police captain bent on cleaning up organized crime in New York's Chinatown. Oliver Stone wrote the script, and described Cimino's obsessive directing style as follows, "With Michael, it's a 24-hour day... He doesn't really sleep... he's truly an obsessive personality. He's the most Napoleonic director I ever worked with." The results are big budget Hollywood filmmaking at its most personal.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 134 mins
Format: 70mm

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