The Long View: A Celebration of Widescreen

7/16/08 to 8/30/08

Invented as a retort to television, CinemaScope and its widescreen successors-VistaVision, Panavision, and the rest-take cinema outside the box. Our summer-long series covers an expansive panorama of genres, styles, periods, and nations, but all these films have one thing in common: they truly must be seen on the big screen.

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  • Yojimbo

    • Saturday, August 30 6:00 pm

    Toshiro Mifune is a sly mercenary in Kurosawa's tongue-in-cheek anti-epic. “A visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness.”-Sight and Sound

  • Bells Are Ringing

    • Friday, August 29 6:30 pm

    Judy Holliday mixes poignancy with hilarity in Vincente Minnelli's graceful musical.

  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    • Friday, August 29 9:00 pm

    Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield in Frank Tashlin's brilliantly composed ode to and exposé of Madison Avenue.

  • The 400 Blows

    • Tuesday, August 26 7:30 pm

    François Truffaut's quintessential coming-of-age film is a lyrical but unsentimental portrait of adolescence and of Paris, naturalistically captured by cinematographer Henri Decaë.

  • In Cold Blood

    • Saturday, August 23 9:00 pm

    Richard Brooks's adaptation of Truman Capote's book is a compelling account of a brutal murder and an ironic, visually transfixing portrait of the American heartland.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • Friday, August 22 7:00 pm

    Don Siegel alien-ates the normal, finding science-fiction terrors in small-town California.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • Friday, August 22 8:40 pm

    Stanley Kubrick harnesses the widescreen, epic format for an intensely metaphysical experience in space and time.

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    • Sunday, August 17 7:30 pm

    See August 15.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    • Sunday, August 17 3:30 pm

    Embedding the enigma of T. E. Lawrence in unforgettable desert images, David Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young created “an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.”-Chicago Tribune

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    • Friday, August 15 7:00 pm

    It's déjà vu all over the place in this new print of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Alain Resnais's elegant, labyrinthine puzzle. Repeated on August 17.

  • Harakiri

    • Friday, August 15 8:55 pm

    Masaki Kobayashi's breathtaking epic, starring Tatsuya Nakadai, is “probably the best samurai film ever made.”-Washington Post

  • Gunman's Walk

    • Tuesday, August 12 8:15 pm

    Karlson's Western is “an intense, poignant, beautifully shot and acted study in family dysfunction, racism, and the pathology of masculinity.”-Cinematheque Ontario

  • Markéta Lazarová

    • Friday, August 8 7:30 pm

    Frantisek Vlácil's exquisitely shot medieval epic of rivalry and revenge merges hallucinatory imagery with raw realism.

  • Pierrot le Fou

    • Saturday, August 2 8:45 pm

    Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in Godard's audacious take on the lovers-on-the-run genre, lensed in ravishing color by Raoul Coutard.

  • Days of the Eclipse

    • Wednesday, July 30 7:30 pm

    A masterpiece of the Glasnost era, Alexander Sokurov's enigmatic science fiction allegory is a powerful microcosm of Stalinism and its legacy.

  • Ride Lonesome

    • Sunday, July 27 7:30 pm

    Budd Boetticher's characteristically spare, tense film follows aging bounty hunter Randolph Scott trailed by assorted outlaws, including James Coburn and Lee Van Cleef. “A small masterpiece.”-Time Out

  • It's Always Fair Weather

    • Friday, July 25 7:00 pm

    Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in a musical spoof of television, advertising, and even the Hollywood musical.

  • Giants and Toys

    • Friday, July 25 9:00 pm

    Rival candy companies battle for corporate supremacy in Yasuzo Masumura's iconoclastic outburst aimed at the advertising biz.

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    • Wednesday, July 23 7:30 pm

    “Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.”-Chicago Reader. Vilmos Zsigmond's photography gloriously captures the Northwest landscape.

  • The Red and the White

    • Sunday, July 20 7:00 pm

    Miklós Jancsó's disquietingly beautiful ballet of war and death in Central Russia in 1918.

  • Bigger Than Life

    • Saturday, July 19 8:25 pm

    Nicholas Ray uses CinemaScope for a close-in, searing saga of '50s suburban psychosis, featuring a brilliant performance by James Mason.

  • Violent Saturday

    • Friday, July 18 7:00 pm

    A gang of bank robbers (including Lee Marvin) invades a small Arizona town in Richard Fleischer's sunstruck noir.

  • Point Blank

    • Friday, July 18 8:50 pm

    Marvin stars in John Boorman's neo-noir, “a fabulous, vicious allegory for modern corporate America, filmed in a dreamlike, sensuous style.”-NFT, London

  • La dolce vita

    • Wednesday, July 16 7:30 pm

    A Fellini masterpiece eddying around Marcello Mastroianni's definitive performance as a jaded reporter drawn to the decadence he sensationalizes.