# # #GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE EXHIBITIONS July 2012 Ideas in Things June 30 through Oct. 21, 2012 See: Untold Stories Through Sept. 23, 2012 Ballyhoo: The Art of Selling the Movies Through Sept. 23 2012 Kodak Today Ongoing Cameras from the Ongoing Technology Collection The Remarkable George Eastman Ongoing
# # #DRYDEN THEATRE FILM CALENDAR July 2012 FEATURED FILM SERIES 3-D In recent years, 3-D has come back stronger than ever, with artistic triumphs like Hugo and Pina earning critical raves, James Cameron's commercial blockbuster Avatar breaking all box-office records, and Piranha and Final Destination proving that old-fashioned exploitation is alive and bleeding. At the same time, there's something a bit soulless about the contemporary three dimensional megaplex experience, whether it's the smudgy glasses, the high-ticket prices, or the dim digital projection. As always, there's nothing like the "real thing" - in this case, two-strip, dual-projector 3-D, with the brilliant luminosity and incredible depth of field that only 35mm film can provide - and this July, we'll be setting up our silver screen to throw five days' worth of Golden Age classics right at ya. The fun starts with Man in the Dark, the first major studio film released in 3-D and a cracking film noir that concludes with - what else - a literal roller coaster ride. On July 4, 3-D expert Bob Furmanek will be presenting an evening of treasures from the 3-D Film Archive, the first organization dedicated to the preservation of our stereoscopic film heritage. He will help us celebrate Independence Day in all three dimensions with a number of rare shorts, and on the day after, Phil Tucker's infamous Robot Monster (aka "the movie with the guy in the gorilla suit and diving helmet") rises from the apocalyptic ash of Bronson Canyon to teach us what it means to be Hu-Man. Finally, we'll wrap up the week with an established classic (Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder) and one that should be: Roy Ward Baker's awesome, recently rediscovered Inferno, in which Robert Ryan struggles to survive in the Mojave Desert after being left for dead by his wife. Shot on location (!) in Technicolor (!!) with an unmatched depth of field, this one's a don't-miss. Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m. MAN IN THE DARK (Lew Landers, US 1953, 70 min.) In Person! Two Nights with Bob Furmanek Wednesday, July 4, 8 p.m. A program of 3-D Shorts Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m. ROBOT MONSTER (Phil Tucker, US 1953, 62 min.) Friday, July 6, 8 p.m. DIAL M FOR MURDER (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954, 105 min.) Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m. INFERNO (Roy Ward Baker, US 1953, 83 min.) Apocalypse Now! According to sources as diverse as Harold Camping, Roland Emmerich, and the ancient Mayans, the world - and not just the widespread use of 35mm film by Hollywood studios - is supposed to end in 2012. Obviously that hasn't happened yet, and to celebrate, we'll be devoting Thursdays in July to a series of films that postulate on the before, during, and after of the apocalypse. Phil Tucker's '50s sci-fi anti-classic Robot Monster - in 3-D! (screening July 5) - depicts a world ravaged by the "calcinatory death ray" of an alien visitor, while Steve De Jarnatt's genuine (and unjustly forgotten) classic Miracle Mile stars a pre-E.R. Anthony Edwards as an everyday guy who accidentally overhears a top-secret phone call announcing a nuclear attack. Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers bring the darkly chilling laughs in the eternal Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, and the challenges of the dark days after are met by Charlton Heston and Mel Gibson, respectively, in The Omega Man and The Road Warrior (one of the few sequels that tops the original). It's an all-bang, no-whimper lineup of bombs, blasts, and burnt-out landscapes. Thursday, July 12, 8:30 p.m. DR. STRANGELOVE (Stanley Kubrick, US 1964, 93 min.) Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. MIRACLE MILE (Steve De Jarnatt, US 1988, 87 min.) Thursday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. THE OMEGA MAN (Boris Sagal, US 1971, 98 min.) Thursday, August 2, 8 p.m. THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller, Australia 1981, 95 min.) Curator's Choice: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21 Hipsters (Stilyagi, Valery Todorovsky, Russia 2008, 115 min., Russian w/ subtitles) Moscow, 1955. It's not easy to be young in postwar Soviet Union: either one embraces the Marx Engels-Lenin-Stalin dogmas, or there's no future in sight for a hopeful teenager. Something has filtered from the Western world, though - the names and the music of Charlie Parker, bebop, and rock 'n' roll artists are reaching the ears of underground beatniks at a time when the word "glasnost" is not even part of the political dictionary. This is the premise of Hipsters, a cheerful, wildly colorful, crowd-pleasing extravaganza that won the 2009 Nika Award (the Russian Oscar®) for Best Picture but never made it to the US until a few months ago. Why the film was never considered for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards® is a mystery. Hipsters has all the necessary ingredients: dazzling camerawork, great songs, and an accessible message. It doesn't pretend to be high art, but there's an endearing quality in its lighthearted touch. Give it a try - it's an oddity to be embraced with a smile. - Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator, Motion Picture Department Steven Spielberg Ever since the days of vaudeville the funniest comic duos have always been odd couples: humorously mismatched temperaments, body types, and personalities. The classic screen teams have been no exception. Consider the straight man/funny man dynamics between Laurel and Hardy, Hope and Crosby, Martin and Lewis, Abbott and Costello, Wilder and Pryor. These opposites don't simply attract, they spark and bounce off each other, and the results can be hilarious. There's a basic formula to the odd-couple comedy, one nearly identical to that of the classic screwball comedy: our comedians often "meet cute," spend most of the film driving each other crazy, then wind up - well, if not exactly in each other's arms, then at least embracing as buddies. This August, the Dryden Theatre celebrates the odd couple with four of its more recent incarnations, including a bounty hunter and his prisoner, and one seriously dysfunctional doctor-patient relationship. Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m. JAWS (Steven Spielberg, US 1975, 130 min.) Friday, August 10, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2 p.m. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, US 1981, 114 min.) Friday, August 17, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2 p.m. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Steven Spielberg, US 1977, 132 min.) Friday, August 24, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2 p.m. THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (Steven Spielberg, US 1974, 110 min.) Friday, August 31, 8 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2 p.m. E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Steven Spielberg, US 1982, 115 min.) Summer Abroad Between Memorial Day and Labor Day comes the summer movie season, a once- sleepy three months that now accounts for the majority of studio income: a season of loud sequels, tired remakes, and aggressive family entertainment that most seri- ous movie-goers go out of their way to avoid. (Not all summer smashes are bad, of course - Jaws, the first and the best, returns to the Dryden on July 20 and 22 in all its claustrophobic Panavision glory in an original Technicolor print.) To combat the blockbuster blahs, this year the Dryden will be spending the Sum- mer Abroad. We'll go to England with Dustin Hoffman; discover romance in Venice with Katharine Hepburn; celebrate bawdy comedy with Ingmar Bergman; help Audrey Hepburn find her Gregory Peck; and follow two California wave-chasers around the world. Tuesday, July 10, 8 p.m SUMMERTIME (David Lean, US/UK 1955, 100 min.) Tuesday, July 17, 8 p.m. SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (Ingmar Bergman, Swe-den 1955, 108 min, Swedish w/ subtitles) Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m. STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, US/UK 1971, 118 min.) Tuesday, July 31, 8 p.m. THE ENDLESS SUMMER (Bruce Brown, US 1966, 95 min.) Saturday, August 4, 8 p.m. ROMAN HOLIDAY (William Wyler, US 1953, 118 min.)
# # #July Films MAN IN THE DARK Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m. 3-D (Lew Landers, US 1953, 70 min.) A lean thriller about lobotomized amnesia and tough-guy gangsters, Man in the Dark was the first major studio picture released in 3-D. Starring noir standbys Edmond O'Brien and Audrey Totter, Man in the Dark is a beguiling blend of medical drama, fever dream, and crime saga. The rollicking climax shows both 3-D and Ocean Park's seedy Sea Serpent roller coaster to their best effects. In Person! Two Nights with Bob Furmanek Treasures from the 3D Film Archive Wednesday, July 4, 8 p.m. 3-D Shorts A collection of vintage, rarely seen stereoscopic shorts, presented by 3D Film Archive founder and curatorBob Furmanek. All films will be presented in restored dual-strip 35mm Polaroid 3-D! Includes: Thru' the Trees, Washington D.C. (1922); Melody (1953); Thrills for You (1940); Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott (1953); and The Adventures of Sam Space (1953). ROBOT MONSTER Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m. 3-D (Phil Tucker, US 1953, 62 min.) A gorilla suit, a diving helmet, stock footage dinosaurs, and a death ray. Over the course of four days in L.A.'s Bronson Canyon, Phil Tucker used every element at his disposal to create the first stereoscopic, stream-of-consciousness, sci-fi flick for kids. Stupendously rare in its original 3-D version, Robot Monster is a mind-boggling feat of DIY filmmaking. DIAL M FOR MURDER Friday, July 6, 8 p.m. 3-D (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954, 105 min.) The classiest 3-D feature ever made, Dial M stars Ray Milland as a calculating husband plotting the demise of his unfaithful wife (played with precision by Grace Kelly). Hitchcock's subtle yet effective use of the third dimension is only one of the many pleasures in this tale of pre meditation and perfect crime, as the deadly game of cat and mouse is executed with the director's characteristically ingenious employment of camera angles and props. INFERNO Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m. 3-D (Roy Ward Baker, US 1953, 83 min.) After breaking his leg, drunken millionaire Robert Ryan is left to die in the scorching Mojave Desert by his adulterous wife and her lover. Shot in Technicolor and 3-D, this tense survival thriller takes edge-of-your-seat suspense to a whole new, nail-biting level. Jewish Film Festival Sunday, July 8-Sunday, July 15 For titles and times visit www.rjff.org. SUMMERTIME Tuesday, July 10, 8 p.m. Abroad (David Lean, US/UK 1955, 100 min.) Katharine Hepburn plays a middle-aged, Plain Jane secretary from Akron, Ohio, whose world is turned upside down by handsome antiques dealer Rossano Brazzi in the Piazza San Marco. Filmed entirely in Venice, the highly romantic Summertime quietly inaugurated the highly international second half of David Lean's storied career. Free to Museum Members DELIVERANCE Wednesday, July 11, 8 p.m. Survivalist (John Boorman, US 1972, 110 min.) Four "civilized" businessmen confront "primitive" man, one another, and ultimately themselves when their back-to-nature weekend takes a harrowing turn. Boorman's haunting adaptation of James Dickey's novel remains a shattering exploration of survival, the American myth, and the darkest corners of the self. DR. STRANGELOVE Thursday, July 12, 8:30 p.m. Apocalypse Now! (Stanley Kubrick, US 1964, 93 min.) What's so funny about mutually assured destruction? A lot, it turns out. In the hands of Stanley Kubrick, co-screenwriter Terry Southern, and a cast headed by Peter Sellers (who does triple-duty in three very different roles), our nuclear nightmare becomes a pitch-perfect balance of comedy, commentary, and Cold War terrors. LET THE BULLETS FLY Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. New Release (Rang zidan fei, Jiang Wen, China/Hong Kong 2010, 132 min., <andarin and Cantonese w/ subtitles) Small-time bandit "Pocky" Zhang Mazi (Jiang Wen) arrives in Goose Town claiming to be its new mayor, but local kingpin Master Huang (Chow Yun Fat) is having none of it, leading to a series of shoot-outs, double-crosses, and kidnappings of epic (and comic) proportions. A deft blend of comedy and action that quickly became the highest-grossing film in Chinese history, Let the Bullets Fly is only now seeing a stateside release. SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT Tuesday, July 17, 8 p.m. Summer Abroad (Sommarnattens leende, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1955, 108 min., Swedish w/ subtitles) An uncharacteristic comedy from Ingmar Bergman and an international success, Smiles of a Summer Night solidified the filmmaker's reputation. Set at the turn of the century and recalling the delicate wit of Shaw and Wilde, Summer Night follows four men and four women as they swap partners and vows after imbibing a sensual wine. TRACK OF THE CAT Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m. Survivalist (William Wellman, US 1954, 103 min.) It's man against beast - and not just the animal kind - when a brutal rancher (Robert Mitchum) scours the snowbound Rockies for an elusive killer panther. Determined to shoot a black-and-white film in color, director Wellman crafted a visually stunning allegory about man in the wild, and the wild that forever exists deep within our civilized selves. MIRACLE MILE Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. Apocalypse Now! (Steve De Jarnatt, US 1988, 87 min.) Greatly admired by the few people who saw it upon its initial release, this unsettling boy- meets-girl romantic comedy unfolds over the course of a single night - the last, it may turn out, of life on earth. Tangerine Dream provides the dark, dreamy soundtrack. JAWS Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m. Steven Spielberg (Steven Spielberg, US 1975, 130 min.) "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Spielberg's monster hit, adapted from the Peter Benchley bestseller, didn't merely set box office records. It reshaped the fundamentals of the movie world, setting the template for how future summer blockbusters would be made, marketed, and released. Though it spawned several sequels and countless rip-offs, Spielberg's original remains as deliciously unsettling today as it was in the summer of 1975. In Person! Introduction by Curator Paolo Cherchi Usai HIPSTERS Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. Curator's Choice/Rochester Premiere (Stilyagi, Valery Todorovsky, Russia 2008, 115 min., Russian w/ subtitles) It's a comedy! It's a musical! It's Russian! The unlikely match of these words finds a buoyant realization in this rip-roaring mix of Grease and Moulin Rouge, with a gentle touch of political undertones. A sure-shot crowd pleaser, artfully blending virtuoso camerawork, rock 'n' roll, and a dispassionate view of Soviet society before the glasnost. STRAW DOGS Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m. Summer Abroad (Sam Peckinpah, US/UK 1971, 118 min.) Pacifist American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) gets a lesson in local customs when neighborhood thugs assault his wife Amy (Susan George) in their Cornish farm- house. A politically explosive demonstration of the dangers of standing on the sidelines in a violent age, Straw Dogs remains controversial for the havoc it wreaks upon conventional notions of feminism, pacifism, and art. TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE Wednesday, July 25, 8 p.m. Survivalist (John Huston, US 1948, 126 min.) A band of desperate gold prospectors - inluding the director's father, Walter Huston, in what is arguably his greatest role - head or the remote Sierra Madre where they come face to face with bandits, federales, and their own basest instincts. THE OMEGA MAN Thursday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. Apocalypse Now! (Boris Sagal, US 1971, 98 min.) The second of several films based on Richard Matheson's classic post-apocalypse vampire novel I Am Legend, this film casts Charlton Heston as one of the few humans to survive a biological war between China and the USSR. Most everyone else has been turned into predatory instant mutants. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION Friday, July 27, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 5 p.m. (Harold Ramis, US 1983, 98 min.) "This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest." When patriarch Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) schleps his all-American family cross-country to America's Favorite Family Fun Park, Walley World, you just know things aren't going to go as planned. With an all-star team led by Chevy Chase, scriptwriter John Hughes, and director Harold Ramis, Vacation is one of the best and funniest films to come from the Saturday Night Live/National Lampoon talent pool. In Person! Creators of The Lost Bird Project documentary and sculptor Todd McGrain THE LOST BIRD PROJECT Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m. New Release (Deborah Dickson, US 2012, 60 min., Digital Projection) The stories of five birds driven to extinction and sculptor Todd McGrain's project to memorialize them. The film follows the road trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain's large bronze sculptures there. On Saturday, a panel discussion featuring Oscar-nominated director Deborah Dickson, sculptor Todd McGrain, producer Muffie Meyer, cinematographer Scott Anger, and executive producer Andy Stern will follow the film. Advance tickets available. Regular Dryden admission: $8 general/$6 students. THE ENDLESS SUMMER Tuesday, July 31, 8 p.m. Summer Abroad (Bruce Brown, US 1966, 95 min.) With a 16mm camera and guileless enthusiasm, filmmaker Bruce Brown set off on a globe-trotting journey with two surfheads in search of "the perfect wave." The result is a Technicolor wonder that maintains the coziness of a family slide show. With an unfor- gettable surf music soundtrack, The Endless Summer is an iconic time capsule of a gentler counterculture. Calendar editors: PLEASE NOTE NEW SUNDAY MORNING HOURS for Summer (June 24-Sept. 2, 2012) George Eastman House combines the world's leading museum of photography and film with the house, gardens, and estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Address: 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607-2298 Web site: www.eastmanhouse.org Phone: (585) 271-3361 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays) Museum Tours: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Garden Tours (June-August): 11:30 a.m. Tuesday though Friday; 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday Museum Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and older); $5 for students; and free for children 12 and under and museum members (museum and garden tours are included with admission) Dryden Admission: $8 for the general public, $6 for students and museum members.
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