Even in these days of improving digital projection, there is nothing comparable to the crisp, bright images and rich sound of 70mm film. With a higher resolution and more light hitting the frame, 70mm film offers a bigger, brighter image than 35mm. It traditionally offered richer sound, with more space on the soundtrack as well. It is the ideal film format for ambitious cinematic spectacles, yet with the transition to digital filmmaking, 70mm movies have become increasingly rare.
This summer, Museum of the Moving Image will present See It Big! 70mm, every weekend from August 7 through 30, featuring eight films made between 1961 and 2014 -- all of them shot in 70mm and to be shown in 70mm prints in the majestic Sumner M. Redstone Theater.
West Side Story
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 7:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2:00 P.M.
Dirs. Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise. 1961, 151 mins. 70mm. With Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno. Beautifully restored in 2011 for the 50th anniversary of its release, West Side Story has stood the test of time as one of the most beloved film musicals. In its adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet story-featuring unforgettable songs by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins-feuding families are replaced by warring New York City gangs, the white Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. When forbidden love escalates their rivalry, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.
"The fact that such visionary filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Christopher Nolan prefer to shoot in 70mm, is testament to the enduring power of this format." said Chief Curator David Schwartz. "These days, a new 70mm film is an event. We're pleased to show a combination of new and classic movies in this series. With the recent death of Omar Sharif, it will be a fitting tribute to see his most beloved film, Lawrence of Arabia, in its original format."
The series will include two recent films, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (2014) and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), as well as famously big-screen films from the 1960s and 1980s. They are David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's West Side Story (1961), Stanley Kramer's Hollywood comedy epic Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), and the groundbreaking science fiction films Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (in an encore of last summer's sold-out 70mm shows), Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm (1983), and Disney's Tron (1982), directed by Steven Lisberger.
See It Big! is an ongoing series organized by Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, Chief Curator David Schwartz, and Assistant Film Curator Aliza Ma.
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