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The 70mm Music Box Film Festival returns with the 2001 films “West Side Story” and “Airport”, which play huge – The Morning Call

The usual screen of the Music Box Theater is quite wide. But for the 70-mm film festival, which was interrupted in March 2020 due to a pandemic, a special 37-foot dream rectangle used for epic-wide events is pulled out of storage and carefully placed near the edge of a music box. stage.

And then? Attractions! The size. North African perspectives of “Lawrence of Arabia”. Kirk Douglas and Woody Stroud, shining in the ring of gladiators in “Spartacus”.

And this year, in the first music box, you’ll be in a rapturous delight from the recently beaten 70mm “Airport” imprint, which offers the tender suffering of Captain Dean Martin, who is battling the pregnancy of Chief Stewardess Jacqueline Bissett during suicide. The bomber Van Heflin is struggling with plans to pay his wife’s insurance policy.

The latest edition, which will be released from June 17 to 30, brings back several favorites of viewers from past festivals. Music Box’s own 70mm imprint “2001: A Space Odyssey” is back – the biggest festival to date after the festival – as is the 1961 West Side Story and John Carpenter’s intergalactic 80’s Starman.

Also coming back: the almost original print of Gina Kelly’s extravagant showcase Barbie Streisand “Hello, Dolly!”, First shown in 2020.

“Airport” is a different story: a more glorious cheese circle of all the stars than what cineastes could call a “good movie.” Undoubtedly, this is an extremely influential inspirer of the 70s disaster film cycle, a key part of millions of high-cholesterol childhoods on the big screen.

“I’m very excited about it,” said Julian Antos, technical director of Music Box and a picky print inspector, “in part because he doesn’t have a great reputation.” These films are always interesting to reevaluate. Or see for the first time.

“Airport” is sure to be great: a beautiful, recently shot 70mm footprint of the disaster film with the harshest interior lighting of all the Nixons during the second public screening since last month’s TCM Classic Film Festival. picture of the era.

“Yes, good. Now they are backlight everything, ”Antos answered.

Another 70mm for the first time for the Music Box Festival: Walter Hill’s 1993 film “Geranium: An American Legend,” which boasts the latest, elegiac western look just created for events like this.

June 17-30 at the Music Box Theater at 3733 N Southport Ave. tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon on May 20 for Music Box participants and at noon on May 23 for the general public. The entire festival costs $ 80 ($ 60 for Music Box participants), individual tickets $ 14 ($ 11 for Music Box participants) musicboxtheatre.com

Michael Phillips is a critic of the Tribune.

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