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 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

According to a thread on Talkin' Broadway's All That Chat, AFI Silver's screening of "Porgy and Bess" has been canceled due to rights issues. They should NOW schedule 70mm screenings of "The Sound of Music" or "Star!" I can't locate this information though on its website. Here is the link to All That Chat:

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat/d.php?id=2085537

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

According to a thread on Talkin' Broadway's All That Chat, AFI Silver's screening of "Porgy and Bess" has been canceled due to rights issues. They should NOW schedule 70mm screenings of "The Sound of Music" or "Star!" I can't locate this information though on its website. Here is the link to All That Chat:

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat/d.php?id=2085537



PORGY AND BESS is still listed on the AFI website's list of 70mm showings, but you can no longer purchase advance tickets for it. Clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link yields a message that "there are no sessions found for the theater and movie combination you selected."

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

I could not copy the facebook link, but AFI Silver regrets having to pull PORGY AND BESS and will announce an alternative soon. I hope for STAR! or THE SOUND OF MUSIC but that would just too good to be true!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....I could not copy the facebook link, but AFI Silver regrets having to pull PORGY AND BESS and will announce an alternative soon.....


Perhaps HICKEY AND BOGGS!!!

......or for the Golden Agers, CLAUDIA AND DAVID

......or for the historians among us, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2012 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   Ryan Brennan   (Member)

I was surprised to see PORGY AND BESS listed as the film has had clearance issues for decades. I haven't seen it since it was broadcast on ABC TV and would love to get another look at it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2012 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

Here, at long last, is the official Porgy & Bess cancellation from AFI's SIlver Theater website:

Sun, Sep 2, 1:00; Mon, Sep 3, 2:00 (Website has a line stricken through these dates & times.)

We regret to announce that both screenings of PORGY AND BESS have been canceled due to problems with rights clearances.

Many audience members have expressed excitement about seeing this film; we share your disappointment at not being able to make these screenings happen and join you in hoping that PORGY AND BESS will one day be more readily available for screening.

To refund tickets purchased by credit card, call 301.495.6720 (9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon-Fri); for cash purchase refunds, visit the box office during hours of operation.

http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i3/70mm.aspx

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2012 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

Here, at long last, is the official Porgy & Bess cancellation from AFI's SIlver Theater website:

Sun, Sep 2, 1:00; Mon, Sep 3, 2:00 (Website has a line stricken through these dates & times.)

We regret to announce that both screenings of PORGY AND BESS have been canceled due to problems with rights clearances.

Many audience members have expressed excitement about seeing this film; we share your disappointment at not being able to make these screenings happen and join you in hoping that PORGY AND BESS will one day be more readily available for screening.

To refund tickets purchased by credit card, call 301.495.6720 (9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon-Fri); for cash purchase refunds, visit the box office during hours of operation.

http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i3/70mm.aspx

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2012 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Yesterday I saw SPARTACUS in 70mm at the AFI Silver Theater. I assume that the print on view was a survivor from the ones produced at the time of the 1991 restoration. The picture was a little soft, the colors just a little brown, but I don't recall seeing any better in the 35mm print I had previously seen. It was still a pleasing picture overall. There were also a few scratches and missing frames; one jump dropped a crucial word of dialogue. The sound was bright and clear, particularly Alex North's score. There was some hiss in some of the early reels, but this was only noticeable when the soundtrack was otherwise silent. The restored prints have the Dolby SR logo on them, but I'm unclear as to whether that applies to the 70mm prints, or whether the 70mm prints are in 6-track magnetic sound.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2012 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

Yesterday I saw SPARTACUS in 70mm at the AFI Silver Theater. I assume that the print on view was a survivor from the ones produced at the time of the 1991 restoration. The picture was a little soft, the colors just a little brown, but I don't recall seeing any better in the 35mm print I had previously seen. It was still a pleasing picture overall. There were also a few scratches and missing frames; one jump dropped a crucial word of dialogue. The sound was bright and clear, particularly Alex North's score. There was some hiss in some of the early reels, but this was only noticeable when the soundtrack was otherwise silent. The restored prints have the Dolby SR logo on them, but I'm unclear as to whether that applies to the 70mm prints, or whether the 70mm prints are in 6-track magnetic sound.

Bob:

Thanks for sharing! I thought about taking the trek via Metro to Silver Spring from Foggy Bottom but the Francis Pool down the street proved far too alluring. I swam instead. I am thinking about "It's A Mad . . . World" next month and, for certain, "South Pacific" in September. I do know that the Silver is getting the correct lenses for their projector for the Ultra Panavision "IAMMMMW" screening according to a facebook posting.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2012 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I saw IAMMMMW at the AFI in 70mm about 6 or 7 years ago. It looked great.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2012 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I don't recall the screen at Silver being anywhere near as wide as the Cinerama screen I saw MAD WORLD on, originally. I know there is no curve.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Yesterday I saw THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES in 70mm at the AFI Silver Theater. The print was bright and colorful, with hardly a mark on it. The sound was excellent, if perhaps a tad too loud for my taste.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2012 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Over the past few days, I saw two more of the 70mm showings at the AFI Silver Theater.

The first was KHARTOUM. It was a decent print, not particularly sharp, but colorful and with bright sound. It was in the proper 2.76:1 aspect ratio, but since the AFI only has a 2.40:1 screen size, the film was letterboxed within that frame. Still it was large enough to convey the grandeur of the production. The print was complete with overture, intermission card, entr'acte, and exit music.

Better was LORD JIM, which came with a very clear and sharp picture that showed great detail in the close-ups. The sound was fine, but didn't seem to have as much power as Khartoum. The film played straight through without any intermission, although it certainly could have used one.





 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2012 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I could not copy the facebook link, but AFI Silver regrets having to pull PORGY AND BESS and will announce an alternative soon. I hope for STAR! or THE SOUND OF MUSIC but that would just too good to be true!

PORGY AND BESS is being replaced by a return engagement of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2012 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Though not part of the series, the AFI Silver will be screening The Master (the first film since Branagh's Hamlet to be entirely shot in 65mm, albeit this one is in 1.85) in 70mm on evenings and weekends beginning September 21st. I saw a trailer online and the picture quality is mind-blowing. A shoo-in for Best Cinematography at the Oscars come February.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2012 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I could not copy the facebook link, but AFI Silver regrets having to pull PORGY AND BESS and will announce an alternative soon. I hope for STAR! or THE SOUND OF MUSIC but that would just too good to be true!

PORGY AND BESS is being replaced by a return engagement of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.


 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2012 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Bob,

According to a book about James Mason and his movies, LORD JIM in its first run did have that intermission you felt it needed. Alas, the only time I ever saw LORD JIM, it was a few years ago at the American Cinematheque here in Hollywood and their print did not include the intermission.

This same Cinematheque not long ago included PORGY AND BESS in its Otto Preminger retrospective, and the screening came off without a hitch.

This summer, in what they called "The Last 70mm Film Festival," the Oscar Academy showed many of these same titles mentioned above -- PLUS "THE SOUND OF MUSIC!" It was a distinct pleasure to experience SPARTACUS once more with its Intermission intact, something I knew I could count on the Academy to ensure. Previous screenings at the Arclight under AFI supervision, and at the famous Chinese theater, had dispensed with the Intemission, except for the title card and Alex North's Entr'Acte music.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2012 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   ClipperJon   (Member)

I could not copy the facebook link, but AFI Silver regrets having to pull PORGY AND BESS and will announce an alternative soon. I hope for STAR! or THE SOUND OF MUSIC but that would just too good to be true!

PORGY AND BESS is being replaced by a return engagement of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.




D'accord, PhillySon! This is a disappointment. 2001 has played quite a bit at AFI Silver - goodness.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2012 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

D'accord, PhillySon! This is a disappointment. 2001 has played quite a bit at AFI Silver - goodness.

It does seem as if 2001 plays at least annually at the Silver Theater in 70mm. And Lawrence of Arabia seems almost as frequent. I guess those two must continually draw the crowds. As for the others in this summer's 70mm festival, the theater has been about 20% full for the ones I've attended on the weekends, about 10% for the weekday showings.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The AFI continues its series of 70mm film showings this summer, with a new twist. The theater has recently been outfitted with a 4K digital projector, and will be running some of the films using a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) instead of film. It will be interesting to see how that compares to 70mm for these films. The schedule is as follows:

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

70mm - July 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
DCP – August 31; September 1, 2
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GETTYSBURG

70mm – July 5, 7
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PATTON

70mm – July 13
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STAR!

70mm – July 14
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LIFEFORCE

70mm – July 19, 20, 21
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC

DCP – July 27, 28
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SAMSARA

DCP – August 1, 3, 4
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HELLO, DOLLY!

DCP – August 10, 11
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CLEOPATRA

DCP – August 17, 18
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THE MASTER

70mm – August 24, 25

 
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