Museum of the Moving Image Hosts See It Big!- Classics On The Big Screen
The phrase "you've got to see it on the big screen!" is often heard by film audiences, and it's true-some movies were simply meant to be seen large. Embracing this concept and celebrating its stunning new theater, Museum of the Moving Image presents See It Big!, a series that showcases grand Hollywood epics, eye-popping sci-fi journeys, and other works by great visionary filmmakers. From October 28, 2011, through January 1, 2012, the series will include David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (in 70mm), Disney's Fantasia, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Empire of the Sun, Jacques Tati's Play Time (in 70mm), Ridley Scott's Alien, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Barry Lyndon, Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, James Cameron's Avatar (presented in 3-D), and more.
All the films in the series will be shown in the Museum's beautiful 267-seat theater-the centerpiece of the Museum's recent renovation and expansion-which was saluted as the" best theater in New York" by Moneyball director Bennett Miller and selected as the "best new theater for old movies" by New York Magazine. Conceived by architect Thomas Leeser as a space capsule for the imaginary voyage of moviegoing, the theater has a wraparound ceiling and walls made of 1,136 fabric panels in a sensuous, vibrant Yves Klein blue, altering the viewer's depth perception and encouraging a sensation of being suspended in space. With a screen of classic proportions and projection equipment for every format from 16mm to 70mm and high-definition digital 3-D, the theater provides an unsurpassed filmgoing experience.
See It Big! is guest-curated by Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, editors of Reverse Shot, a quarterly, independently published online film journal.
"The way we watch movies is getting smaller, in a lot of ways, thanks to iPads and iPhones and YouTube," said Michael Koresky. "We just wanted to give audiences the opportunity to see some of the great films of all time on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen."
"In many cases, if you haven't seen these films in a theater, with the lights off, the sound cranked, and the images overwhelming you, then you haven't seen them at all," said Jeff Reichert. "With See It Big!, audiences have a chance to experience these films at the best theater in New York, possibly even the country."
In conjunction with the series, Reverse Shot will publish articles about the films being shown at the Museum.
SCHEDULE FOR ‘SEE IT BIG!' OCTOBER 28, 2011-JANUARY 1, 2012
All screenings take place at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street, Astoria) in the Museum's main theater. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are free with paid Museum admission. Advance ticket purchase is available for some screenings online at movingimage.us or by calling 718 777 6800. The schedule below is also online at http://www.movingimage.us/films/2011/10/28/detail/see-it-big/
Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 4:00 p.m.
Dir. Ridley Scott. 1979, 116 mins. With Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm. Ridley Scott's elegant creep-show transported the haunted-house genre to outer space. After a particularly nasty foreign agent smuggles itself-in famously gruesome fashion-onto a mining ship, the crew is picked off one by one. A gothic for the ages, thanks to the pitch-black widescreen compositions, Carlo Rambaldi's iconic creature design, and Weaver's star-making performance as Ripley.
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Dir. Stanley Kubrick. 1980, 142 mins. With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. Rivers of blood spew from an elevator. The ghosts of two girls beckon in a hallway. An axe blasts through a bathroom wall to get at the terrified woman inside. With one grandly macabre image after another, Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's tale of a caretaker driven mad in a cavernous hotel during an isolated Colorado winter is a landmark of art horror.