This weekend marks the beginning of the Music Field Theatre’s 70mm Pageant, the place the very best theater in Chicago might be exhibiting a few of the finest movies ever made, in the way in which they have been meant to be seen: on a the most important display doable, and in a real movie-house. For cinephiles, a 70mm movie presentation is the easiest way to get the complete expertise of films, to virtually really feel the feel of masterfully-crafted motion pictures which were superb viewers many years.
Beneath are a couple of highlights of the pageant, which runs from Friday, September 14 to Thursday, September 27. [For tickets and showtimes, click on right here]
The festivities begin tonight at 7:30pm with “West Aspect Story,” which returns to the Music Field with its unimaginable print. As somebody who noticed the movie in that type a pair years in the past, I can’t suggest it sufficient as a wonderful refresher for the Jerome Robbins and Robert Sensible adaptation of the Broadway success (of which Roger welcomed into Nice Films standing in 2004). With its unforgettable sequences, explosive coloration, and exhilarating scope, it’s a wonderful begin to the pageant however simply considered one of many titles we extremely encourage cinephiles to take a look at. [“West Aspect Story” might be proven Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30pm; Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6:00pm; Monday, Sept. 17 at 2:30pm; Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2:30pm. For tickets, click on right here]
This yr’s favourite will characteristic one other 70mm pageant favourite, David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia.” However those that make a degree to see the movie every time it involves Chicago are in for a deal with, as Music Field might be exhibiting a brand new 70mm print with DTS Sound from Sony Photos Repertory. It’s a film that calls for to be seen on the large display. In his 2001 Nice Films evaluation of the movie, he made a degree to say that “to see it in a movie show is to understand the subtlety of F.A. (Freddie) Younger’s desert cinematography—achieved regardless of blinding warmth, and the blowing sand, which labored its method into the digicam.” However as Ebert added, “what you notice watching ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is that the phrase ‘epic’ refers to not the associated fee or the flowery manufacturing, however to the dimensions of the concepts and imaginative and prescient.”
For movie-lovers, Roger was adamant that they see “Lawrence of Arabia” on the large display. He wrote: “To get the sensation of Lean’s masterpiece you might want to by some means, someplace, see it in 70mm on an enormous display. This expertise is on the quick record of issues that should be completed in the course of the lifetime of each lover of movie.” [“Lawrence of Arabia” might be offered on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:00pm; Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30pm; Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:00pm; Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 2:00pm; Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2:00pm. For tickets, click on right here]
If American legends are extra your taste, the Music Field might be exhibiting a 70mm print of Franklin J. Schaffner’s “Patton,” which Roger gave four stars and indoctrinated into the Nice Films part in 2002. However in 2002, Roger went even additional in a weblog publish titled “70mm ‘Patton Strikes with Army Precision” to say that “Patton” is “not solely top-of-the-line American motion pictures, however top-of-the-line makes use of ever product of 70mm widescreen images.” Although Roger was fortunately flawed when he mentioned that “It’s a fairly good guess that ‘Patton’ won’t ever once more play Chicago in 70mm,” we encourage you to take his recommendation: “It is a uncommon alternative to see a fantastic movie in a spectacular presentation.” [“Patton” might be exhibiting on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:30am and Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00pm. For tickets, click on right here]
Followers of John Carpenter might be excited to know that his basic “The Factor” is coming to the Music Field’s 70mm pageant, and can even be screened late at night time on opening weekend. Whereas Roger could not have been enthusiastic about “The Factor” returning to theaters, (he famously known as it a “nice barf-bag film,”) our personal Matt Zoller Seitz completely endorses the movie as being “one of many biggest and most elegantly constructed B-movies ever made, critical but refined in exploring themes or paranoia, distrust, id and camaraderie, and aces at scaring the hell out of you.” [“The Factor” might be enjoying Friday, Sept. 14 at 11:30pm; Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:59pm; and Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 7:30pm. For tickets, click on right here]
Probably the greatest traditions you may get into as a Chicago-area cinephile is returning to “2001: A Area Odyssey,” which Roger welcomed into his Nice Films assortment again in 1997. Kubrick’s important masterwork is now again on the Music Field with a 70mm print that has DTS Sound from Warner Brothers. Yearly that I’ve seen “2001: A Area Odyssey” on the theater it’s been a full-house of devotees and newcomers, with loads of questions requested instantly at intermission and on the finish. It’s concerning the closest that cinema involves going to church, so don’t miss out on seeing a Kubrick basic in a format that makes you’re feeling such as you’re waltzing via area. [“2001: A Area Odyssey” might be enjoying Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:00pm and Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2:30pm. For tickets, click on right here]
However that is only a style: the 70mm Movie Pageant will characteristic displays of Jim Henson’s cult basic “The Darkish Crystal,” Michael Cimino’s underestimated “Yr of the Dragon,” James Ivory’s “Stays of the Day,” Lawrence Kasdan’s Western “Silverado” in a 70mm blowup print, “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation” and a bit of film known as “Indiana Jones and the Final Campaign.” We’ll see you there.
The Music Field Theatre’s 70mm Movie Pageant runs from September 14 to September 27. For extra info and to get your tickets, click on right here.