U.S., 1968, 161 mins, 70mm, Dir. Stanley Kubrick, Rated G, Warner Bros.
"The film creates its effects essentially out of visuals and music. It is meditative. It does not cater to us, but wants to inspire us, enlarge us." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Seeing this 1968 masterpiece in 70mm, restored and with remastered sound, provides an ideal opportunity to rediscover this mind-blowing myth of origin as it was meant to be seen and heard, an experience no other screening format could ever begin to approach. The film remains threatening to contemporary studiothink in many important ways: Its special effects are used so seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that they don't even register as such. Dialogue plays a minimal role, yet the plot encompasses the history of mankind. And it meditates at length on the complex relationship between humanity and technology - not only the human qualities that we ascribe to machines but also the programming we knowingly or unknowingly submit to. The poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever. As noted critic Alexander Walker pointed out: "I shall go and see it again as soon as possible, for one thing is clear. Man has shrunk space, but director Stanley Kubrick has expanded the cinema."
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The Gables Cinema is the only art cinema in the southeastern United States equipped to screen films in 70mm, the high-resolution format that became synonymous with the medium's epics and films of exceptional visual grandeur. To see a film projected in this format is to see them in their full splendor, with pristine image and detailed sound. New screenings are added throughout the year.