Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212z
Cinema has endured for decades in the face of competing visual storytelling mediums. In connection with our event The New Audience: Moviegoing in the Connected World, discover how studios and filmmakers – long before tablets, smartphones and the Internet – responded as audiences began trading regular visits to the movies for the ease and affordability of the first small screen: television. In response, numerous widescreen cinematic formats were rolled out around the world and capitalized on the breathtaking width of the projected image, not to mention the heightened fidelity of stereophonic sound, to achieve effects far beyond the reach of TV sets. This Is Widescreen offers a colorful assortment of films that demonstrate how filmmakers found new means of engaging the flexibility of the cinema and the key larger-than-life film formats employed over a 15-year period in Hollywood – from the launch of Cinerama in 1952 and the subsequent widescreen boom that included CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and others – plus highlights from the first wave of 'Scope filmmaking from around the globe.
Friday, JUNE 12 | 7:30 P.M.
Introduced by Eva Marie Saint. Director John Frankenheimer followed his black-and-white thrillers The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days in May with this spectacular look at Europe’s most famous car race, filmed in Metrocolor and Super Panavision 70. Assembling a top international cast including James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand and Toshiro Mifune, Frankenheimer staged full-scale races and filmed them with multiple 70mm cameras to create one of the most realistic and immersive racing films ever made. A classic example of a film that you have never truly seen unless you’ve viewed it in its original big-screen theatrical format, Grand Prix won three Oscars, for its split-second film editing and auditorium-rumbling sound and sound effects.
1966, 179 minutes, color, 70mm | Directed by John Frankenheimer; written by Robert Alan Aurthur; with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Bedford, Jessica Walter, Antonio Sabato, Françoise Hardy, Adolfo Celi, Claude Dauphin.