According to a release, the series will feature classic 70mm films but there will also be “visually spectacular genres” such as the western, musical and the science fiction film.
“The Museum is committed to preserving the theatrical presentation of 70mm film in their original format,” said Chief Curator David Schwartz. “With a higher resolution and more light hitting the frame, 70 mm film offers a bigger, brighter image than 35mm — there is nothing comparable to the crisp images and rich sound of 70mm film.”
The See It Big! series was organized by Schwartz, Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes. Films include “Spartacus,” “Khartoum,” “The Wild Bunch,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Star!” The most recent release was Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Prior to the film’s release, Tarantino said that there was “no intelligent argument to be had that puts digital in front of [70mm]. It actually might be film’s saving grace. Film’s last stand.”
He shot the film in Ultra Panavision 70, a super-wide anamorphic format. The museum will fit projectors with the proper corresponding lenses to present the film in the 2.75:1 aspect ratio.
Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Aug. 6, 6:00 p.m.; Aug. 7, 3 p.m
A genre-defining epic from director Stanley Kubrick, this is the legendary tale of an enslaved gladiator (Douglas) who transforms into the beloved leader of a triumphant Roman slave revolt.
Aug. 6, 3 p.m.; Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880s, the British government sends in General Charles Gordon in an effort to evacuate soldiers, and defend the city of Khartoum against the Mahdi, a rebel Arab leader (played by Laurence Olivier) and his army of zealots.
The Hateful Eight
Aug. 12, 7 p.m.; Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; Aug. 20, 3 p.m.; Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Quentin Tarantino revisits the western by mixing it with the parlor-game mysteries of Agatha Christie and 1970s exploitation revenge thrillers.
The Wild Bunch
Aug. 13, 2 p.m.; Aug. 14, 3:30 p.m.
As the western genre dried up around him, Sam Peckinpah assembled a group of grizzled veterans for one last trip into the breach.
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Aug. 26, 7 p.m.; Aug. 28, 4 p.m.
With the Rolling Stones. With Let’s Spend the Night Together, 1970s cinema icon Hal Ashby gives viewers front-row seats to the steamy spectacle of The Rolling Stones’s record-breaking 1981 North American tour, in support of their multi-platinum commercial comeback, Tattoo You.
Aug. 27, 3 p.m.; Aug. 28, 3 p.m. An expansive biopic of Gertrude Lawrence, a celebrated English performer who rose up from music halls to become a famed fixture on the West End and Broadway, Star! abounds with ambitious musical numbers, echoing the grand quality of other show business dramas such as The Great Ziegfeld and A Star Is Born.
Sept. 2, 7 p.m.; Sept. 3, 4 p.m.; Sept. 4, 4 p.m.
Among the greatest works of literature, and one of the most frequently adapted works in the history of cinema, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet had never been filmed in its complete unabridged version—until Kenneth Branagh went about the task for this lavish, star-studded 1996 production.