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Somerville Theatre's 70mm & Widescreen Festival returns with the biggest hits of film's biggest format!
May 17 - 22, 2019

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Erin Amar, Somerville Theatre Date: 04.05.2019

7OMM Presentations

Somerville Theatre announces the titles for its 4th Annual 70mm & Widescreen festival! Moved from September to May for 2019, this year's titles are a selection of fan favorites celebrating some of the biggest hits of film's biggest format!

The 4th Annual 70mm & Widescreen Film Festival comes to Somerville Theatre featuring big screen hits 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Dark Crystal, West Side Story, Dunkirk, Poltergeist, Remains of the Day, Casino Royale & It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Shows May 17-22, 2019

Somerville theatre
55 Davis Square
Mass. 02144
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This year's schedule is as follows:

WEST SIDE STORY (1961) (NR) in 70mm
Friday, May 17 @ 8:00pm and Saturday, May 18 @ 1:30pm

“Nothing short of a cinema masterpiece” – NY Times

Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture

Synopsis: This 1960s musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' is the tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines to be together. The story and film has captivated audiences for more than five decades. The Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein score is just one of the reasons. - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dark Crystal (1961) (PG) in 70mm
Saturday, May 18 @ 5pm & 8pm

Muppet master Jim Henson’s beloved cult classic!

Synopsis: Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963) (G) in 70mm Ultra Panavision
Sunday, May 19 @ 2pm

“An exhilarating epic of tomfoolery” – Criterion

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Cinematography
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes including Best Comedy

Synopsis: With this all-star epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies" and he did! The screwball plot follows a dozen of the day's top comedic actors in a mad scramble as they compete to locate a stolen treasure. Jimmy Durante, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Peter Falk, Phil Silvers, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Spencer Tracy, Carl Reiner, Terry-Thomas, Arnold Stang, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis and even the Three Stooges all make an appearance.

Casino Royale (1967) (NR) in 35mm
Sunday, May 19 @ 7pm

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards & 1 BAFTA

Synopsis: This wacky send-up of James Bond films stars David Niven as the iconic debonair spy, now retired and living a peaceful existence. Bond is called back into duty when the mysterious organization SMERSH begins assassinating British secret agents. Ridiculous circumstances lead to the involvement of a colorful cast of characters, including the villainous Le Chiffre (Orson Welles), seasoned gambler Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) and Bond's bumbling nephew, Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen).

Poltergeist (1982) (R) in 70mm
Monday, May 20 @ 7:30pm

"Smartly filmed, tightly scripted, and—most importantly—consistently frightening, Poltergeist is a modern horror classic." – Rotten Tomatoes

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards
Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects
Winner of 3 Saturn Awards including best Horror Film

Synopsis: Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.

Remains of the Day (1993) (PG) in 70mm
Tuesday, May 21 @ 6:45pm

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards

Synopsis: During the 1930s, James Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) serves as a proper English butler to the doltish Lord Darlington (James Fox). Stevens is so dedicated that he forgoes visiting his father on his deathbed in order to serve, and overlooks Darlington's Nazi sympathies and growing anti-Semitism. Twenty years after his employer's death, Stevens tries to reconnect with Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson), Darlington's head housekeeper, and begins to regret his loyalty to his former master.

"Dunkirk" (2017) (PG) in 70mm
Tuesday, May 21 @ 9:30pm

“Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director
in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that
honors the fact-based story.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, Winner of 3
Nominated for 8 BAFTAs, Winner of 1
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes

Synopsis: Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (PG) in 70mm
Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:30pm

“A work of considerable genius and an unerringly satisfying, utterly unique
cinematic experience. “ - Empire

Nominated for 4 Academy Awards – Winner for Best Visual Effects
Winner of 4 BAFTAs including Best Cinematography

Synopsis: An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
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