"Grand Prix" Picks Up Speed in 70mm

Beverly Hills, CA (July 17, 2012) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1966 racing spectacular "Grand Prix" as the third film in its series "The Last 70mm Film Festival" on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome Academy Award®-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who played love interest Louise Frederickson, and actress Evans Evans, widow of director John Frankenheimer, for an onstage discussion prior to the film.

The film won Academy Awards® in all three of the categories in which it was nominated: Film Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, Frank Santillo), Sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, sound director) and Sound Effects (Gordon Daniel).

The 70mm short "The March of Todd-AO" (1959), a follow-up to "The Miracle of Todd-AO," will also be screened before the film. This spectacular short follows the United States Navy Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean during the summer of 1958. The camera captures every moment of flight from takeoff from the aircraft carrier Essex to a flyover of Beirut. The film also includes a visit to the Brussels World’s Fair and scenes of Vatican City during the coronation of Pope John XXIII.

"The Last 70mm Film Festival," continues on Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects.  The remaining screenings in the series are:

July 30 "The Sound of Music" (1965)
August 6 "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
August 13 "Spartacus" (1960)

Series passes and tickets for "The Last 70mm Film Festival" are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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Contact Information

Tarrah Lee Curtis
tcurtis@oscars.org

 

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