1982-CENTRIC 70MM COLLECTION AT THE EGYPTIAN, L.A.
After it was discovered that films originally shot in 35mm could be blown up to 70mm to take advantage of the latter format’s superior sound and brighter imagery, numerous blockbusters were converted to the widescreen format, a process that peaked in the 1980s. Join The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for the continuation of their two weekend collection of fantasy, horror and sci-fi as they turn the clock back 35 years with some of the most memorable movies of 1982. Although some of the prints have been noted to have faded in color, this in itself adds to the sense of experiencing a true celluloid artifact and the fragility of the medium.
Wed Jun 21st 7:30pm
Director John Carpenter took the 1951 sci-fi classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, produced by Howard Hawks, and turned it into something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot Kurt Russell and a crew of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a ravenous, shape-shifting alien being. From the haunting opening shots of a sled dog fleeing across the snow, to the apocalyptic, fire-and-ice ending, this ranks with Ridley Scott’s ALIEN as one of the finest (and most beautifully crafted) sci-fi films of the past 30 years. The film was terribly underrated by critics on its initial release, but its stock has constantly risen in the ensuing decades as one of the most intelligent, scary and uncompromising horror films of the 1980s. Also starring Keith David and David Clennon. Please note that color has partially faded on this print, the only known 70mm copy.
Thu Jun 22nd 7:30pm
MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
Hockey mask-wearing Lord Humungus whips his speed freaks into a frenzy, while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization in director George Miller’s lean, mean, thrill machine. Please note that color has faded on this print.
Fri Jun 23rd 7:30pm
E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
Arguably director Steven Spielberg’s most popular film, it follows several children (including Henry Thomas and a very young Drew Barrymore) who shelter and try to help a stranded alien back home to the stars. Magical and enchanting. With Dee Wallace Stone and Peter Coyote.
Fri Jun 23rd 10:00pm
THE DARK CRYSTAL
Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Rose (whose first job in the movies was as a PA on THE DARK CRYSTAL).Legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson was inspired by a Lewis Carroll poem to create his own fairy tale about Jen, the last surviving Gelfling, who is sent by his dying master on an epic quest to fulfill his destiny to heal the fractured Dark Crystal. After three years of brainstorming with a team that included renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud and screenwriter David Odell, Henson wove the ideas into a story that was fleshed out by Odell, and the task shifted to bringing those words and images to life in this charming film which used then-state-of-the-art technology to create a groundbreaking alchemy of puppetry and electronics on a scale never before attempted.
Sat Jun 24th 7:30pm
Hacker Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is digitally abducted into the inner realm of the ENCOM computer, where he must compete in virtual gladiatorial games in order to survive. During a Light Cycle match, Flynn teams up with the brave security program Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and together the two battle the system to try to free the Digital World. With Cindy Morgan.
Program notes by American Cinematheque