They're Still Playing ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Over in Santa Monica

They're Still Playing ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Over in Santa Monica
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Published December 6th, 2017 - 19:30 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The new print of Lawrence of Arabia comes at a time of renewed interest in screening formats, as a special showing of a movie may be the deciding factor to leave the house. /AP
The new print of Lawrence of Arabia comes at a time of renewed interest in screening formats, as a special showing of a movie may be the deciding factor to leave the house. /AP
The American Cinematheque will have exclusive rights to exhibit a new 70mm print of David Lean’s 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia in Los Angeles. The movie will receive two extended runs per year, one at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the other at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The first of these runs will take place December 15-30 at the Egyptian.

“Renewed interest in 70mm print exhibition has generated many requests for new 70mm prints of Lawrence, and we decided that this would be a good time to honour those requests,” Grover Crisp, Sony Studios’ executive vice president of asset management, film restoration and digital mastering, said in a statement. “The new 70mm prints are really meant for those audiences who truly appreciate the art and technology of film production and exhibition.”

“David Lean’s epic tale has long been extremely popular with Cinematheque audiences. With its sweeping desert vistas, it demands to be seen on the big screen and has become a rite of passage for film fans to see it projected at the Cinematheque in 70mm,” said American Cinematheque’s executive director, Barbara Smith, also in a statement.

“It is one of our most requested titles and continues to fill our 600- and 400-seat theatres. Our patrons tell us they want to see it as the director intended, in 70mm. We decided we needed a new print to satisfy the interest in this title and to ensure that viewing it was a satisfying experience,” said Cinematheque programmer Gwen Deglise.

Starring Peter O’Toole as a character based on the real-life British military officer T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia won seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director for Lean, colour cinematography for Freddie Young and editing for Anne V. Coates

The new print of Lawrence of Arabia comes at a time of renewed interest in screening formats, as a special showing of a movie may be the deciding factor to leave the house.

Last year, the Cinematheque announced exclusive rights to a new 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This year, both Dunkirk and Murder on the Orient Express were released to theatres in 70mm. It has also been announced that the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be shown in Imax 70mm.

“If you haven’t seen Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm, you have not seen the film,” Cinematheque pro-grammer Grant Moninger said. “We are fortunate to be able to project in 70mm, as it still reigns as the greatest projectable format. Its sharp, detailed image does a great service to one of the most epic adventure stories ever told on-screen.”

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