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KISS ME KATE Screens in 3-D at Film Forum


"3-D Auteurs," a 19-day, 34-film festival spotlighting stereoscopic movies by some of history's most distinguished directors, will run at Film Forum from Friday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 29. The festival spans 3-D's earliest days (including some turn-of-the-century films by pioneer Georges Méliès) to the present, and represents virtually every genre, including Westerns, Film Noir, and Science Fiction.

Hollywood's first big 3-D craze (sometimes called 3-D's "golden era"), intended to offset the threat of television, came in the early 1950s, with such movies as Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, André De Toth's House of Wax, and Jack Arnold's Creature From the Black Lagoon (all included in the series). Hollywood produced roughly 50 movies in the process from 1952 to 1954, before fizzling out and being overtaken by other big screen innovations like Cinerama and CinemaScope.

3-D of this era was a cumbersome process that involved running two 35mm prints simultaneously (one for the left eye and the other for the right) in perfect synchronization. It also required special filters for the projection booth windows, a silver screen (for light enhancement), and a pair of special glasses for each member of the audience.

So-called "double-system" prints are therefore extremely rare, with places that can show them equally rare. Film Forum's series includes seven unique double system prints archived at the UCLA Film & Television Archive by the Packard Humanities Institute (plus one from Sony Pictures), including the only known 3-D copy of Douglas Sirk's Taza, Son of Cochise, starring Rock Hudson (opening night attraction of the series), Jack Arnold's The Glass Web, starring Edward G. Robinson, and Revenge of the Creature (sequel to Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon), and Western great Budd Boetticher's Wings of the Hawk.

Film Forum first installed double system 3-D (including a silver screen) in 1990. Says Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum's Director of Repertory Programming, "We wanted to offer something that couldn't be duplicated at home." As the only place in Manhattan capable of projecting double system 35mm prints, Martin Scorsese came to Film Forum to privately view vintage 3-D movies while he was preparing Hugo (also included in the series).

"3-D Auteurs" has been programmed by Jim Healy, director of programming of the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Cinematheque at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Says Healy, "While 3-D has been around for much of motion picture history, this series collects the work of the most celebrated international movie artists ever to experiment with the process, from Hitchcock, Raoul Walsh, and André de Toth - ironically, those last two each had one eye and couldn't experience 3-D - to contemporary digital 3-D PIONEERS like Scorsese, Herzog, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, and Johnnie To."

In addition to the features, the series includes several 3-D short subjects, including three recent stereoscopic Warner Bros. cartoons (starring Roadrunner and Coyote and Tweetie and Sylvester); two 3-D Three Stooges shorts from the 1950s; NYC IN 3-D, a stereoscopic view of the city's skyline by filmmaker Jeff Joseph; and the Oscar-nominated AUDIOSCOPIKS (1935), the first 3-D movie ever released by a Hollywood studio (MGM).

For complete schedule by title, see below.

Public Screening Schedule

GUN FURY (1953, Raoul Walsh) DCP
Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin, Neville Brand
FRI, NOV 11 12:30
SAT, NOV 26 2:40
SUN, NOV 27 8:35
TUE, NOV 29 4:35

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (2014, Jean-Luc Godard) DCP
Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdelli
FRI, NOV 11 2:15
SAT, NOV 12 12:30
WED, NOV 16 7:00
MON, NOV 28 5:15

Werner Herzog
FRI, NOV 11 3:50
WED, NOV 16 12:30
SUN, NOV 20 8:30
FRI, NOV 25 7:00
TUE, NOV 29 2:40

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) DCP
Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, Robert Cummings
FRI, NOV 11 5:50
SAT, NOV 12 5:10
MON, NOV 21 3:15
SAT, NOV 26 8:25
TUE, NOV 29 10:15

TAZA, SON OF COCHISE (1954, Douglas Sirk) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, Barbara Rush
FRI, NOV 11 8:00
TUE, NOV 29 6:30

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015, George Miller) DCP
Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy
FRI, NOV 11 9:55
MON, NOV 14 9:30
WED, NOV 23 2:35
Plus Road Runner and Coyote in 3-D in RABID RIDER (2010) DCP

LIFE OF PI (2012, Ang Lee) DCP
Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan
SAT, NOV 12 2:20
MON, NOV 14 12:30
WED, NOV 23 4:55
FRI, NOV 25 4:30

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953, Jack Arnold) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush
SAT, NOV 12 7:15
THU, NOV 17 7:15

GRAVITY (2013, Alfonso Cuarón) DCP
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
SAT, NOV 12 9:20
MON, NOV 14 5:30
THU, NOV 17 12:30
FRI, NOV 25 2:30

Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
SUN, NOV 13 1:30, 10:20
MON, NOV 21 7:15
THU, NOV 24 7:30

REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955, Jack Arnold) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
John Agar, Lori Nelson, Clint Eastwood
SUN, NOV 13 3:00
MON, NOV 21 9:05

THE GLASS WEB (1953, Jack Arnold) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Kathleen Hughes
SUN, NOV 13 6:40
SAT, NOV 19 8:00

MAN IN THE DARK (1953, Lew Landers) DCP
Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter
SUN, NOV 13 4:55
THU, NOV 24 9:20
Plus The Three Stooges in 3-D in PARDON MY BACKFIRE (1953) DCP

INFERNO (1953, Roy Ward Baker) DCP
Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming
SUN, NOV 13 8:35
WED, NOV 16 2:25
FRI, NOV 18 5:10
SAT, NOV 19 9:55
MON, NOV 21 5:30
SAT, NOV 26 10:30

PROMETHEUS (2012, Ridley Scott) DCP
Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender
MON, NOV 14 3:00
THU, NOV 17 4:55
SAT, NOV 19 12:30

PINA (2011 Wim Wenders) DCP
Pina Bausch
MON, NOV 14 7:20
SUN, NOV 20 6:20
WED, NOV 23 12:30
TUE, NOV 29 12:30


OFFICE (2015, Johnnie To) DCP
Chow Yun-Fat, Sylvia Chang
TUE, NOV 15 12:30, 5:10, 9:40


KISS ME KATE (1953, George Sidney) DCP
Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Bob Fosse
TUE, NOV 15 2:50, 7:30

THE GREAT GATSBY (2013, Baz Luhrmann) DCP
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire
WED, NOV 16 4:10
SAT, NOV 19 5:10
MON, NOV 21 12:30

WINGS OF THE HAWK (1953, Budd Boetticher) Unique 35mm double system 3-D print, courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
Van Heflin, Julie Adams
WED, NOV 16 8:30
SUN, NOV 27 6:40

TWIXT (2011, Francis Ford Coppola) DCP
Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning
WED, NOV 16 10:25
SUN, NOV 27 10:20

PACIFIC RIM (2013, Guillermo Del Toro) DCP
Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
THU, NOV 17 2:25, 9:10

HOUSE OF WAX (1953, André de Toth) DCP
Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones
FRI, NOV 18 12:30
SUN, NOV 20 1:40
THU, NOV 24 5:20
Plus The Three Stooges in 3-D in SPOOKS (1953) DCP

Ebiz? Ichikawa, Kôji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima
FRI, NOV 18 2:35
FRI, NOV 25 9:00
MON, NOV 28 2:45

HUGO (2011, Martin Scorsese) DCP
Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
SUN, NOV 20 11:00*
WED, NOV 23 7:20
THU, NOV 24 2:40
Plus 3-D Méliès shorts!
* 11:00 AM show as part of our Film Forum Jr. series. All seats $8.

THE STRANGER WORE A GUN (1953, André de Toth) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Sony Pictures
Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor
FRI, NOV 18 7:00
SAT, NOV 26 6:30

Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro
FRI, NOV 18 9:00

SECOND CHANCE (1953, Rudolph Maté) Unique 35mm dual-system print courtesy Packard Humanities Institute
Robert Mitchum, Linda Darnell, Jack Palance
SAT, NOV 19 2:55
SUN, NOV 27 2:40


THE BUBBLE (1966, Arch Oboler) DCP
Michael Cole, Deborah Walley
TUE, NOV 22 12:30, 4:10, 7:50*
* Introduced by Robert Furmanek, 3-D historian and founder of the 3-D Film Archive


THE HOLE (2009, Joe Dante) 35mm
Marco Massoglia, Nathan Gamble
TUE, NOV 22 2:20, 6:00, 9:40

BEOWULF (2007, Robert Zemeckis) DCP
Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie
WED, NOV 23 9:50
MON, NOV 28 12:30

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011, Steven Spielberg) DCP
Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
THU, NOV 24 12:30
SAT, NOV 26 12:30
Plus Road Runner in 3-D in COYOTE FALLS (2010) DCP

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009, Robert Zemeckis) DCP
Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
FRI, NOV 25 12:30
SAT, NOV 26 4:25
Plus Tweety and Sylvester in 3-D in I TAWT I TAW A PUDDY TAT (2011) DCP

HONDO (1953, John Farrow) DCP, courtesy Batjac Productions; special thanks to Gretchen Wayne
John Wayne, Geraldine Page
SUN, NOV 27 4:40*
TUE, NOV 29 8:25
* Sunday's screening preceded by short NYC IN 3-D, introduced by filmmaker (and 3-D expert) Jeff Joseph.

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