Presented in Amazing AlamoScope: 70mm at the Ritz!
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New Programming Series Goes Big, Including Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The
Austin, TX--- Wednesday, August 1st, 2012--- Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to
announce a new ongoing film series beginning August 24, titled “Presented in
Amazing AlamoScope: 70mm at the Ritz!” In the world of film presentation,
nothing -- digital or otherwise -- can ever match the power and glory of
70mm film. A gargantuan creation of the 1950s, 70mm quickly became the
permanent benchmark of quality, transforming every title released in the
format into a mind-expanding epic. The depth, the sharpness, the beauty and
the history make every 70mm screening an unforgettable event for any movie
fan. While movie studios and theaters dump celluloid to replace with
computer files and giant TVs, the Alamo is proud to instead leap into the
tremendous, triumphant arena of 70mm.
The incredible lineup at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, TX includes
WEST SIDE STORY, CLEOPATRA, GHOSTBUSTERS, INDIANA JONES, BARAKA, PLAYTIME
and Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated new film THE MASTER, all shown
the way they were meant to be seen, in glorious 70mm.
"I am thrilled that Tim has helped us present the film in its intended way.
This is a special format, and keeping it alive is important," said director
Paul Thomas Anderson.
“Paul Thomas Anderson has bucked the trend of digital conversion and shot
his new American epic THE MASTER in glorious 70mm. As an homage to his bold
ambition, we have made a long-term commitment to celebrate 70mm, both as a
lead-up to the release of his new film and as an integral part of our
programming for years to come,” says Tim League, founder and CEO of Alamo
Tickets to WEST SIDE STORY are on sale now. A badge providing access to all
7 films including THE MASTER is also on sale. The badge includes access to
the first show on Saturday (noon or slightly before) for all repertory films
and the premiere screening of THE MASTER on 9/21 at 7:00pm (approx.).
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The 70mm Program
WEST SIDE STORY: August 24 – August 30|
Dir. Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961, 152 min, 70mm
This world-class musical is inarguably among the great classics of cinema,
but its much-ballyhooed drama, romance and daredevil dance sequences are
matched by the incredible 70mm photography sweeping across the mighty
cityscape. Get ready to experience the maximum benefits of your senses when
this massive cinematic titan is presented in its fullest 70mm glory on our
big big screen! The Sharks and The Jets will thrill and fill your eyes and
your ears, as this blue collar Romeo & Juliet tale fills your heart to
bursting. It’s an experience that has rattled and rewarded audiences for
generations, and now we’re bringing it out in the biggest and best way
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE: August 31 – September 6
Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1989, 127 min, 70mm
I’m starting to think that Nazis are just no fun at all. I mean, it was bad
enough when they tried to steal the Ark of the Covenant, but now they’re up
to more crud. After Hitler’s lil’ homies kidnap our hero’s eminent father
(played by Sean Connery), Indy is forced to grab his trusty whip and jump
right back into the Nazi-battling business. In his final great adventure
(sue me), he travels across the globe, narrowly avoiding death at every
turn, leaping from tanks to planes to impossible battles, and facing one of
the most powerful legends in history. This is truly a perfect action movie,
the kind that they don’t make anymore...especially on 70mm, which will have
every pulse-pounding moment exploding off the screen and into your cerebral
BARAKA: September 7 – September 13
Dir. Ron Fricke, 1992, 96 min, 70mm
BARAKA is a gorgeous, non-verbal journey that brings the farthest corners of
the entire world to the cinema screen. Director Ron Fricke's stunningly
beautiful film, photographed in large format negative, is a kaleidoscopic
narrative that spans the monasteries of Tibet, the volcanoes of Hawaii, the
shocking poverty and glowing humanity of Calcutta, the ruins of Angkor Wat
and more - a total of 152 locations in 23 countries. BARAKA is one of the
most acclaimed and transcendent viewing experiences you will ever have. "It
is claimed that the great age of travel is dead - that there are no longer
amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover.
A movie like BARAKA gives hope." - Roger Ebert.
GHOSTBUSTERS: September 14 – September 20
Dir. Ivan Reitman, 1984, 105 min, 70mm
It’s possible that GHOSTBUSTERS is the world’s only universally adored
movie. If you don’t love it, you’re obviously not a human being.
Spectre-destroyers Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and the vastly under-appreciated
Hudson collectively defined everything we enjoy in ‘80s cinema, unleashing a
supernatural adventure that busts funnybones as well as ghosts. Together,
the four hopped in a converted ambulance and made an entire decade safe for
hilarity, action, and transdimensional demon combat. But you knew that
already, as this timeless classic is burned into our minds eternally...but
NOW it can be seen in paranormally perfect 70mm, which will bust your skull
open like a lightning bolt shot straight outta Gozer!
THE MASTER: September 21 – TBD
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012, 70mm
After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, a
charismatic intellectual creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to
provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as "The Master". His
right-hand man, a former drifter, begins to question both the belief system
and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.
CLEOPATRA: Exact Dates TBD (following the run of THE MASTER)
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963, 248 min, 70mm
This astonishingly grandiose, lavish historical epic broke box-office
records. It was a TITANIC-sized success. But the budget and cost overruns
were so high that it still did not break even. Heads rolled in Hollywood
over CLEOPATRA and it became a catchphrase for bloated filmic spectacles,
but all these years later, it's still magnificent to see. Like the pyramids,
it is a gaudy monument to extreme wealth, and also like the pyramids, it
will fill you with wonder at its immense scale. Elizabeth Taylor, who
naturally plays the title character, and Richard Burton, who plays her
tragic lover Marc Antony, were the two greatest stars of their age. They
could have acted against a painted backdrop and created a box-office
sensation, but producer Walter Wanger surrounded his two shining jewels with
millions of dollars in settings, locations, props and dancing elephants.
It's huge, and hugely vulgar - fortunately, it's also fabulously colorful
and entertaining on just as grand a scale. Taylor and Burton are magnetic,
and their chemistry is intoxicating. Their famous eyes almost outshine the
tens of millions of dollars of fineries and sets brought in to support them.
It is gigantic, grand and monstrous all at once. If you love Hollywood, do
not miss it.
PLAYTIME: Exact Dates TBD (following the run of THE MASTER)
Dir. Jacques Tati, 1967, 115 min, 70MM
Writer/director Tati expertly transforms the screen into a manic comedic
typhoon of outrageous inventions and blaring colors in his single greatest,
grandest and most earthshakingly hilarious foray into fearless filmmaking.
In PLAY TIME, Monsieur Hulot (played by the director) stumbles through the
terrifyingly modernized streets of Paris, where ludicrous architecture and
zany Rube Goldberg-esque mantraps cause increasingly complex goofball
crises. It's very truly one of the most stunning accomplishments in the
history of movies; an impossible spectacle that'll unravel your brain while
you laugh yourself inside out. PLAY TIME was shot in 70mm, and we'll be
experiencing it in a big, big, bright, recently restored 70mm print, where
Tati's visionary madcappery will explode into your senses and never leave
your skull. Unforgettable, unbelievable, and unmissable!
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