It's how a lot of us got hooked on movies in the first place. When I was 8 or 9 I saw
Today through Feb. 28, the
The Music Box has presented 70 mm films, and mini-festivals, as part of its repertory programming in the past. This is a more concentrated blast, however. Last year the Music Box hosted a special late-night advance screening of
The eye-popping quality of 70 mm isn't a matter of a wider screen image; it's the resolution, which allows a richer picture that holds up on large screens. A 70 mm frame offers “twice as much resolution as a standard 35 mm image,” says Scott Foundas, longtime film critic and recently an associate programmer at the Film Society of
"I defy anybody to look at a pristine 70 mm print and not say it's infinitely richer-looking than the best digital projection," he says. "Whenever we ran 70 at Lincoln Center and then went back to showing 35 or digital, the disparity was shocking."
The Music Box is taking this seriously. The theater staffers have upgraded their equipment and done all they can to make these scarce 70 mm prints look the way they should. Happily, the more responsible and forward-thinking of the major studios have spent the money to strike new 70 mm prints, at a cost of $40,000 to $50,000 apiece.
The Music Box will be presenting what Foundas says is a "gorgeous" new 70 mm edition of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
And "The Master" will return to boggle a new round of moviegoers, in its optimum presentational format.
For more information on the Music Box Theatre 70 mm Festival, go to musicboxtheatre.com.
And 70 mm wonks can have a field day at in70mm.com.
The full schedule:
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), directed by
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), directed by Ken Hughes. 2 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday
"Hamlet" (1996), directed by
"Lifeforce" (1985), directed by
"Lord Jim" (1965), directed by
"The Master" (2012), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. 9 p.m. Feb. 22; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
"Playtime" (1967), directed by Jacques Tati. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28.