Hollywood & Vines: The Movie Magic of Tarzan (Bay Area)

Hollywood & Vines: The Movie Magic of Tarzan

Presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council
Hosted by Craig Barron and Ben Burtt

In two unique presentations, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt explored some of the secrets behind the making of “Tarzan and His Mate”(1934) and “Tarzan Finds a Son!”(1939). Both programs included rare, behind-the-scenes photos revealing how certain technologies were used in making the films. Barron and Burtt also examined the MGM rear-projection technique used to create the illusion of a charging rhino and discussed the sound effects, which played an enormous role in these films.

“Tarzan and His Mate” is one of those rare action films in which no music score was added; instead, the filmmakers relied on the power of sound effects alone to magnify the drama. Burtt performed live audio demonstrations to illustrate why this was successful, and he revealed the secret of how the classic Tarzan yell was created (as well as other fun, quintessential Tarzan sounds).

Sunday, March 6, 7 p.m.: “Tarzan and His Mate”

Jane’s (Maureen O’Sullivan) former love Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton) returns to the jungle bearing expensive gifts in an effort to convince her to return to civilization. Holt and his business partner embark on an ivory expedition to the elephant burial grounds, and Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) does everything in his power to stop them. Because censors found the aquatic interlude too racy, this version of the film was released only briefly and in just a few theaters. 105 mins. plus presentation.

Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m.: “Tarzan Finds a Son!”

When a plane flying to Cape Town crashes over the jungle, the only survivor – a baby boy – is rescued by Tarzan’s chimpanzee Cheeta. Tarzan (Weissmuller) and Jane (O’Sullivan) adopt “Boy” (John Sheffield) and raise him as their own, but the new family is threatened when a search party arrives five years later looking for the child, who happens to be the heir to a fortune worth millions. 81 mins. plus presentation.

Images: © Turner Entertainment Co. A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Event Information

Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.
At the Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael CA
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