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The Big Picture


"I am big. It's the pictures that got small." – Norma Desmond, "Sunset Blvd."

While "The Last 70mm Film Festival" showcased the glories of 70mm film projection on a big screen, the Academy celebrated a number of widescreen formats with a Grand Lobby exhibition of unique items from the collection of the Margaret Herrick Library.

Beginning with a triptych photograph from Abel Gance's Polyvision "Napoleon" (1927) and a banner poster from the 1930 Fox Grandeur 70mm production of "The Big Trail," the exhibition included photographs, film posters and other rare materials from BIG movies made over the last nine decades, using such processes as Cinerama, CinemaScope, VistaVision, SuperScope, Todd-AO, Technirama and Ultra Panavision 70.

All of the titles in the 70mm series were represented, as will such popular films as "The Searchers" (1956), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), "Destroy All Monsters" (1968) and "Chinatown" (1974).

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July 6 through September 16

The Academy Grand Lobby Gallery

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