See It in 70mm! Dec 21 – Jan 01

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When Paul Thomas Anderson elected to shoot The Master in the large-frame 70mm film format, the process hadn’t been used for a major Hollywood movie in nearly two decades. But once upon a time, 70mm was the gold standard for musicals, westerns historical epics and assorted all-star extravaganzas, filling the screen with a high-resolution image unrivaled even by today’s state-of-the-art digital technologies. Just in time for the holidays, we’re pleased to present 15 films in their original 70mm glory, featuring a mix of beloved classics and rarely screened gems, all on the grand Walter Reade Theater screen! Series programmed by Scott Foundas.

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In This Series

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick | 1968 | 141 mins

Star Keir Dullea in person at December 21 screening!

Mankind evolves from ape to star child, while doing battle with a talking computer, in Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s visionary sci-fi epic

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Baraka

Baraka

Ron Fricke | 1992 | 96 mins

20th Anniversary screenings!

The title, appropriately, means “blessing” in Samsara director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson’s visually spectacular, wordless journey across indigenous cultures, war, technology and the commonalities of all mankind.

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Cheyenne Autumn

Cheyenne Autumn

John Ford | 1964 | 154 mins

Archival 70mm print!

Starving Cheyenne Indians flee their barren reservation and embark on a grueling trek back to their ancestral homeland in John Ford’s valedictory late-career epic. With Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker and James Stewart. Print courtesy of Swedish Film Archive. In English with Swedish subtitles.

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Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment

Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment

Konrad Wolf | 1971 | 136 mins

The great Lithuanian actor Donastas Banionis (Solaris) stars as the controversial Spanish court painter in this brilliantly stylized, rarely screened bio-pic, one of only 10 East German films to be produced in 70mm.

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Hamlet

Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh | 1996 | 242 mins

Nominated for four Academy Awards, Branagh’s unabridged filming of Shakespeare’s longest play was the last feature film produced entirely in 70mm until The Master. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Julie Christie, Billy Crystal, Gérard Depardieu, Charlton Heston, Derek Jacobi, Jack Lemmon, Rufus Sewell, Robin Williams and Kate Winslet.

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It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Stanley Kramer | 1963 | 154 mins

New 70mm print!

Arguably the greatest all-star comedy cast ever assembled sets off in madcap pursuit of $350,000 in buried treasure. With Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters and many more!

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Khartoum

Khartoum

Basil Dearden | 1966 | 134 mins

Restored 70mm print!

British Major-General Charles Gordon (Charlton Heston) is dispatched to defend the titular Sudanese city from the invading forces of a self-proclaimed Muslim prophet (Laurence Olivier). Eye-popping desert battle scenes ensue!

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Lord Jim

Lord Jim

Richard Brooks | 1965 | 154 mins

Restored 70mm print!

Disgraced merchant seaman Peter O’Toole seeks redemption by helping a South Seas chieftan lead a revolt in Richard Brooks’ sturdy adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel. Co-starring James Mason and Eli Wallach.

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

George Cukor | 1964 | 170 mins

Restored 70mm print!

Dance all night with George Cukor’s magnificent film version of Lerner and Lowe’s Broadway triumph, starring Audrey Hepburn as the Cockney flower girl who becomes the pet project of a highfalutin elocution professor (Rex Harrison). Print courtesy of Academy Film Archive.

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Playtime

Playtime

Jaques Tati | 1967 | 126 mins

Restored 70mm print!

Tati’s immortal alter-ego Monsieur Hulot and a young American tourist find themselves lost in the maze of a modern Paris (a gigantic set known as “Tativille”) in this one-of-a-kind comic masterpiece.

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Ryan’s Daughter

Ryan’s Daughter

David Lean | 1970 | 195 mins

Archival 70mm print!

A young woman (Sarah Miles) trapped in a loveless marriage (to schoolteacher Robert Mitchum) enters into an affair with a visiting army Major (Christopher Jones) in David Lean’s sweeping, visually stunning WWI romance. Print courtesy of Swedish Film Archive. In English with Swedish subtitles.

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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Robert Wise | 1965 | 174 mins

Restored 70mm print!

The hills are alive as you’ve never quite seen them before, when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved Oscar-winner takes to the screen in spectacular 70mm.

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Star!

Star!

Robert Wise | 1968 | 176 mins

Restored 70mm print!

After the triumph of The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise reteamed for this even more lavish but rarely screened bio-pic of legendary actress Gertrude Lawrence.

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Tron

Tron

Steven Lisberger | 1982 | 96 mins

30th Anniversary screenings!

Uber-hacker Jeff Bridges does battle against rival software programs—from inside the office mainframe—in writer-director Steven Lisberger’s prescient sci-fi classic.

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West Side Story

West Side Story

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins | 1961 | 152 mins

Shakespeare comes to Manhattan’s West Side, as Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) fall in love despite warring (and dancing) gangs. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and shot on the blocks that became Lincoln Center!

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