Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dec 27 - Jan 1: The Godfather at VanCity

An almost Shakespearean tragedy, THE GODFATHER documents the loss of a man's soul against the backdrop of religion, with a climax that makes a visceral connection between the business of crime and the reality of Evil. What a privilege to see the film's extraordinary photography not only on the big screen, but in a print restored under the supervision of Coppola himself. Can't wait to see all those oranges...

Dec 28 29 30 | Jan 1 @ 4:00 & 7:30 (note: no show New Year's Eve)

“Possibly the greatest movie ever made.” Stanley Kubrick

Let us make you an offer you can't refuse: spend the holidays by seeing Francis Ford Coppola's epic Academy Award-winning film The Godfather again, on the big screen, in a way that Coppola himself originally intended it. For years all 35mm prints of The Godfather (and the sequel, The Godfather II) have been literally pale imitations of the landmark film as it first appeared in the 1970s. Supervised by Paramount Pictures, both movies underwent extensive frame-by-frame examination and restoration using state-of-the-art digital technology. Robert A. Harris of the Film Preserve supervised the restorations under the direction of Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis. The difference is stunning—indeed, almost as stunning as the film itself. This limited run of The Godfather at the Vancity Theatre—a film that is so indelible on the history of film that it need not even be described—will be f ollowed up next program by exclusive screenings of The Godfather II, the sequel that may be even better than the original. Reserve your tickets in advance.

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The new restoration: Cinemascope

The restoration process: The American Society of Cinematographers

New York Times
"The Godfather films remain the 20th-century answer to Shakespeare’s plays of royal succession, with the twist that here Prince Hal grows up, not into Henry V, but Richard III."

USA Today

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