The Resolution Starts Now: 4K Restorations from Sony Pictures

12/1/13 to 12/15/13

This nine-film series airs some of the complex issues raised by the ouster of analog while presenting laudable examples of recent digital restorations from Sony Pictures, including such classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Taxi Driver. Grover Crisp, senior vice president of asset management, film restoration and digital mastering at Sony, offers his insights about the state of digital preservation in a presentation on December 5.

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  • On the Waterfront

    • Sunday, December 15 3 pm

    Elia Kazan (U.S., 1954). 4K Restoration! “I coulda been a contender,” mumbles failed boxer Marlon Brando in this brilliant American noir drama, set among the docks, unions, and cops of an East coast waterfront. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor. (108 mins)

  • Obsession

    • Friday, December 13 7 pm

    Brian De Palma (U.S., 1976). 2K Restoration! A heightened homage to Hitchcock's much-valorized Vertigo, this Paul Schrader-written thriller induces bouts of dizziness through its whirlpooling camera moves, eddying Bernard Herrmann score, and maniacal plot twists, replete with body doubles and double crosses. (98 mins)

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    • Friday, December 13 9 pm

    Stanley Kubrick (U.K., 1964). 4K Restoration! Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott, and Peter Sellers (again) star in Kubrick's scathing satire on the nuclear age. Cold War camp, here brought to life in a luminous 4K restoration. (94 mins)

  • Experiment in Terror

    • Wednesday, December 11 7pm

    Blake Edwards (U.S., 1962). 2K Restoration! Bank teller Lee Remick gets a phone call she'll never forget: embezzle a hefty sum from the bank or her sister gets snatched. Edwards (The Pink Panther) goes noir in this San Francisco-set thriller. (123 mins)

  • Picnic

    • Sunday, December 8 5:15pm

    Joshua Logan (U.S., 1956). 2K Widescreen! A staid Kansas town prepares for its annual Labor Day picnic. On the surface, this town is idyllic Americana, but underneath seethe some not-so-bucolic desires. Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, and William Holden star. (115 mins)

  • Alamo Bay

    • Saturday, December 7 6:30pm

    Louis Malle (U.S., 1985). 4K Restoration! Introduced by Grover Crisp. A downhearted Vietnam vet (Ed Harris) clashes with a newly arrived community of Vietnamese refugees in the shrimping waters of the Texas gulf in Malle's fascinating look at American racial turmoil. (98 mins)

  • Taxi Driver

    • Saturday, December 7 9 pm

    Martin Scorsese (U.S., 1976). 4K Restoration! Introduced by Grover Crisp. Vietnam vet turned vigilante Robert De Niro cruises through a New York cesspool of crime and concupiscence until he meets his supposed savior, the angelic Cybill Shephard, in Scorsese's memorable film, one of the acknowledged classics of the 1970s. (113 mins)

  • Grover Crisp: The Resolution Starts Now, followed by Bonjour Tristesse

    • Thursday, December 5 7 pm

    One of the leading voices in the field of digital preservation, Sony Pictures archivist Grover Crisp joins us to discuss technological changes in the field of film preservation and exhibition. Followed by an introduction and screening of Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse, starring Jean Seberg and David Niven, at 7:45 p.m. (94 mins, plus presentation).

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    • Sunday, December 1 3 pm

    David Lean (U.K., 1962). 4K Widescreen! Embedding the enigma of T. E. Lawrence in unforgettable desert images, David Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young created “an astonishing, unrepeatable epic” (Chicago Tribune). (221 mins)