Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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A shot in the dark

Ironically, most of my LJ friends are not in New York. Nevertheless, if any are going to be in New York over the next month, it is worth noting that they are showing some favorites over at the Ziegfeld theater (one of the biggest non-IMAX venues). This is a theater that puts the "big"in big screen; every revival I've ever seen there - which included the Katz/Harris restorations of Vertigo and Lawrence of Arabia* - has been outstanding.
September 8 - 14: Casablanca, Citizen Kane and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

September 15 - 21: The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.

September 22 - 28: Superman: The Movie, Batman and Spider-Man.

September 29 - October 5: Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Back to the Future.

October 6 - 12: Grease (sing along), West Side Story and Cabaret.

Pretty neat, eh? I'm particularly eager to see The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Superman on the big screen. And of course, Casablanca and Jaws are always fun. I've seen Citizen Kane on the big screen many times (my favorite: an outdoor screening in Bryant Park, where the entire audience stayed to watch despite the fact that it started drizzling), but I have never seen that film and not discovered something new in it, so I'm kind of excited about that as well...

* I don't care how big and super-high def your goddamn television is, if you haven't seen Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen, you haven't seen it at all. Period. The film is built around its scale, and when robbed of that, it is no longer the same movie. I have friends who are sceptical of this claim. They're the ones who haven't seen the film projected in 70 millimeter, though. If you ever have the chance to see Lawrence of Arabia in 70 millimeter, take it. It is an amazing moviegoing experience, and has nothing to do with what happens on your little tiny television monitor.
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