The Music Box 70MM Film Festival 2020

Thu, Mar 5th, 2020 to Thu, Mar 19th, 2020

The Music Box is very pleased to present the 6th iteration of our 70MM FILM FESTIVAL. After 7 years of 70mm festivals and a flurry of new 70mm releases including DUNKIRK, PHANTOM THREAD, and ROMA, we no longer have to say things like “70mm was once a popular format.” Instead, the images — rich in color, contrast, and detail — can speak for themselves.

Opening with a special 35mm presentation of THE BIG TRAIL (1930) — the only surviving feature film shot in Fox’s 70mm Fox Grandeur system and John Wayne’s first starring role —  this festival reaches back to the very early days of widescreen projection. Writing on Museum of Modern Art’s restoration of THE BIG TRAIL in 1988, then Chicago Tribune Critic Dave Kehr called the film “a milestone, a film at least 25 years ahead of its time in its visual strategies and one that can still astonish with the depth and sweep of its imagery.” 

Returning to the festival after a brief period of hibernation is our beautiful 70mm print of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, made specifically for the Music Box Theatre. Also on the schedule are LAST ACTION HERO, LIFEFORCE, and THE UNTOUCHABLES, screening in gorgeous, vintage Blowup prints from the year of their original release; big budget studio musicals WEST SIDE STORY and HELLO, DOLLY!; the rarely screened Ultra-Panavision specticle KHARTOUM; modern classics INTERSTELLAR, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (playing for the first time in 70mm in Chicago!), ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, and ROMA; and Disney’s original TRON

Despite renewed interest in 70mm, the format still requires great care in handling and presentation. Many of the prints screened in this festival are one of a kind and cannot be replaced, and a great many films we’d like to show are simply unavailable (though that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying!). There is only one lab left in the world which can process and print 70mm film, and the success and continuation of the format depends on the interest of the public, and the talents of the filmmakers, technicians, lab workers, and projectionists who bring these films to the screen. 

Full Lineup, Showtimes & Ticket Sales will be announced at a later date.

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Full Festival Pass - $80 General Admission / $60 Music Box Members - Guarantees entry into all screenings at THE 70MM FILM FESTIVAL

Tickets to individual screenings - $14 General Admission / $12 Seniors and Kids 12 & Under / $11 Music Box Members

Movies & Showtimes for
The Music Box 70MM Film Festival 2020

Sat, Mar 7th
Roma

Tue, Mar 10th
Roma

Wed, Mar 11th
Roma

Fri, Mar 13th
Tron

Sun, Mar 15th
Tron

Mon, Mar 16th
Tron

2001: A Space Odyssey

A FILM BY: Stanley Kubrick
WRITTEN BY: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
STARRING: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS Sound | Music Box Theatre's Exclusive 70mm Print!

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1968
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 164 mins
Format: 70mm

The Big Trail

A FILM BY: Raoul Walsh
WRITTEN BY: Hal G. Evarts
STARRING: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

35mm with Optical Sound

The biggest Western of the 1930s — complete with wagon trains, buffalo hunts, forests as wide as the eye can see, and every genre trope you can name – demonstrated the promise of Fox’s 70mm Grandeur process and introduced audiences to a new would-be star, John Wayne. Alas, the film’s commercial failure sent Wayne back to B-movie cow-punching for nearly a decade. The only complete, surviving example of a Fox Grandeur production (albeit preserved in 35mm), THE BIG TRAIL still radiates a pioneer aura as Walsh exploits the large-gauge format’s depth of field like no production this side of PLAYTIME.

Restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1930
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 125 mins
Format: 35mm

Hello, Dolly!

A FILM BY: Gene Kelly
WRITTEN BY: Michael Stewart (book), Thornton Wilder (based on "The Matchmaker" by)
STARRING: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS Sound from Fox/Disney

One of the Hollywood Studio System’s last really wonderful big budget Broadway musical adaptations, HELLO, DOLLY!stars Barbara Streisand as matchmaker Dolly Levi. Walter Matthau is the "well-known, unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, who needs a match. Part of the film’s 25 million dollar budget went towards restoring Pennsylvania Railroad Steam Locomotive 1223 for the number “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”. Directed by Gene Kelly (who incidentally hated the widescreen format, but made do), and with Choreography by the great Michael Kidd, HELLO, DOLLY! is a joy to behold.  

Technical Information

Production Year: 1969
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 146 mins
Format: 70mm

Interstellar

A FILM BY: Christopher Nolan
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Bill Irwin

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS Sound from Paramount

A midwestern space melodrama set in the distant and desolate future, INTERSTELLAR stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as two astronauts who leave their families behind in search of habitable worlds for the starving human race. In the era of bloated, self-deflating, CGI-infested blockbusters, INTERSTELLAR is a welcome anomaly: uncompromising, expansive, and very genuinely moving. Shot on 35mm, Vistavision, 65mm and IMAX film with lab work by Fotokem.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2014
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 169 mins
Format: 70mm

Khartoum

A FILM BY: Basil Dearden
WRITTEN BY: Robert Ardrey
STARRING: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

Ultra Panavision 70mm with Magnetic Sound from Park Circus

A military spectacle in the tradition of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, KHARTOUM chronicles Britain's 1883 crisis in Sudan. Charlton Heston, who cited KHARTOUM as one of his favorite films, plays general General Charles Gordon, who is sent by British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) to salvage a bloody and untenable situation. Veteran stuntman Yakima Canutt, who was responsible for teaching John Wayne how to fall off a horse, worked as second unit director on the film’s thrilling action sequences. KHARTOUM was the last film to be shot in Ultra Panavision until Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL 8, 49 years later. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1966
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 128 mins
Format: 70mm

Last Action Hero

A FILM BY: John McTiernan
WRITTEN BY: Zak Penn (story), Adam Leff (story)
STARRING: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Sony Pictures Repertory

Arnold Schwarzenegger IS Jack Slater, and also Arnold Schwarzenegger, and briefly Hamlet, in LAST ACTION HERO! 

From John McTiernan, director of DIE HARD and PREDATOR, and a script co-written by Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT), comes a messy Hollywood meta-comedy/action flick hybrid, lampooning the genre that brought the creative team such great past success. A young movie fan is magically transported into the world of his favorite action hero, in this cameo-laden adventure. A failure at the box office, largely due to opening a week after JURASSIC PARK, LAST ACTION HERO isn’t a flawless film, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 130 mins
Format: 70mm

Lifeforce

A FILM BY: Tobe Hooper
WRITTEN BY: Colin Wilson (novel), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay)
STARRING: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

***Saturday, March 14th Screening Presented with Metal Movie Nights | Featuring Metal Vinyl Weekend | Hosted by Chris Larkin and Gregg Elzinga --- Event Kicks off in the Lounge at 10pm with Metal Vinyl Weekend I Music Videos begin at 10:45 in the Theatre I Screening begins at 11***

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Park Circus

In a Tale of Halley's comet, there’s something wrong, something ancient, something hungry... Tobe Hooper (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, POLTERGEIST) was given almost free reign and a huge budget by producers Cannon Film Group to make this adaptation of Colin Winston’s British science fiction horror novel “The Space Vampires.” With amazing special effects and a score by Henry Mancini, LIFEFORCE is a bewildering guilty pleasure, all the more pleasurable in this rare original 70mm print. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: 70mm

Murder on the Orient Express

A FILM BY: Kenneth Branagh
WRITTEN BY: Michael Green (screenplay by), Agatha Christie (based upon the novel by)
STARRING: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS sound from Fox/Disney

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world's greatest detective -- Hercule Poirot -- arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 114 mins
Format: 70mm

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

A FILM BY: Quentin Tarantino
WRITTEN BY: Quentin Tarantino
STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Julia Butters
 
70mm Blowup with DTS Sound from Sony Pictures Repertory
 
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.
 
The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
 
“[A] richly evocative, conceptually jaw-dropping, excessively foot-fetishizing, inescapably terrifying and unexpectedly poignant movie.” — Los Angeles Times
 
“[A] disarming and characteristically subversive love letter to its inspiration.” — Hollywood Reporter
 
“The film is Quentin Tarantino's magnum opus—a sweeping statement on an entire generation of American popular culture and an almost expressionistic rendering of the counterculture forming at its margins, gradually growing in influence.” — Slant Magazine

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 161 mins
Format: 70mm

Roma

A FILM BY: Alfonso Cuarón
WRITTEN BY: Alfonso Cuarón
STARRING: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS Sound from Netflix

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (GRAVITY, CHILDREN OF MEN, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Shot digitally on the Alexa 65 camera and beautifully transferred to 70mm film, we’re proud to bring back Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece in his preferred exhibition format.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 135 mins
Format: 70mm

Tron

A FILM BY: Steven Lisberger
WRITTEN BY: Steven Lisberger
STARRING: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with Magnetic Sound from Disney

With Walt Disney Animation presumed comatose, the studio doubled-down on PG-rated live action sci-fi, first with THE BLACK HOLE and then TRON. Produced at the dawn of the personal computing age, TRON presents a credulous, colorful, and oddly literal vision of how data works, complete with rudimentary CGI graphics that still look sharp under 70mm scrutiny. Like an ‘80s version of THE WIZARD OF OZ set in an eight-bit arcade, the boundary between cold flesh and digital fantasy remains glitchy for Jeff Bridges and his gang of his happy hackers.  

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: 70mm

The Untouchables

A FILM BY: Brian De Palma
WRITTEN BY: David Mamet
STARRING: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm Blowup with Magnetic Sound from Paramount

Federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) fights crime and corruption during Prohibition in Chicago. Unable to take down legendary crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) on his own, Ness recruits an elite group of lawmen who won’t be swayed by bribes or fear, including Sean Connery, who won his only Oscar for his performance as Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone. Filmed on location in Chicago, THE UNTOUCHABLES features a sweeping score by Ennio Morricone.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 119 mins
Format: 70mm

West Side Story

A FILM BY: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
WRITTEN BY: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Arthur Laurents (book)
STARRING: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno

A Part of The Music Box 70mm Film Festival 2020

70mm with DTS Sound from Park Circus

Adapted from the incredibly successful Broadway play, even the magnificent 70mm frame has trouble containing the raw energy of WEST SIDE STORY. Robert Wise (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) co-directed with Jerome Robbins, who had a nervous breakdown midway through production - the results are visible on screen, and it was worth it. For our money, this is one of the best looking prints of the festival, it also has the best end credits sequence by Saul Bass.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1961
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 152 mins
Format: 70mm

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