You're likely wondering why there isn't a review of the highly anticipated Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman in this spot. The answer is that the studio scheduled the screening of the film a few hours after our deadline. As a result, every critic in town will get to review the movie in a timely fashion except NUVO. How frustrating. So check out the following Indianapolis-specific film news.
The Sergio Leone Film Festival arrives at the end of this month at AMC Castleton Arts.
Sergio Leone invading AMC Castleton Arts
The Sergio Leone Film Festival arrives at the end of this month at AMC Castleton Arts and they are excited about it! Their recent press release says, "If it's not the best week you have at the movies this year, then it's going to be a good year! For one full week, we will occupy a screen with the six best-known films by a member of cinema's pantheon of great directors. EVERY print is special in some way. You can see some of these films at home on DVD, but you can't see ANY of them like this! Sergio Leone was known for his masterful use of Cinemascope. The grit, the sand, lines in faces and those extreme long shots - even on a 52-inch screen, how can it compare with real film on the big screen?
The festival runs July 30 through Aug. 5.
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)
Notes: a brand new 35mm print in Cinemascope. Clint Eastwood became a star with this remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (which Castleton Arts ran last summer). Fistful made Eastwood a star, and sparked two sequels: For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, to form what is now referred to as the "Man with No Name" trilogy. All three films starred Eastwood, featured Ennio Morricone's distinctive musical compositions and were directed - in a wonderfully gritty style - by Sergio Leone.
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
Notes: a brand new 35mm print in Cinemascope. In the second film of the trilogy, the Man with No Name (Eastwood) teams up with gunslinger Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) in order to extract reward money from Indio (Gian Maria Volonte), a vicious bandit. Leone's first choice for the role of Colonel Mortimer had been Lee Marvin. Van Cleef claimed to be faster on the draw than Clint Eastwood, taking only three frames of film (one eighth of a second) to draw, cock and fire.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Notes: a brand new 35mm print in Cinemascope, featuring 15 minutes that have always been missing from U.S. releases, restored to the film just last summer. About 19 minutes of scenes were cut from the original English language release. Last summer, for the "Extended English Version," 15 minutes were restored. Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach re-dubbed their voices for the movie, but another actor had to be found to dub Angel Eyes' lines as actor Lee Van Cleef died in 1989.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)
Notes: a brand new, full length 35mm print in Cinemascope. Mercilessly cut by 20 minutes in U.S. releases, this is the unedited version of an epic widely believed to be one of the best westerns in cinematic history. Soon-to-be-legendary Italian directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) collaborated with Leone on the screenplay. According to Argento, who is credited with co-writing the film's original story, he and Bertolucci were on the set during the filming, constantly rewriting the script. Starring Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson and Gabriele Ferzetti.
DUCK, YOU SUCKER! (A Fistful of Dynamite) (1971)
Notes: a brand new 35mm print in Cinemascope, featuring 20 minutes that have always been missing from U.S. releases, restored to the film last fall! This new print, a recent restoration, is the most complete English version ever. After releasing a version of the film cut by 38 minutes, United Artists re-released it under the title A Fistful of Dynamite at 138 minutes, still 20 short of the full film, cut both for length and to obtain a PG certificate. Last year the film was restored, and new prints were struck. That's what Castleton Arts will run - the real deal. Starring James Coburn and Rod Steiger.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)
Notes: The original uncut version NEVER theatrically released in the United States. In 1984 an hour and a half was cut from the film. The remainder was mercilessly re-organized into an incomprehensible mess, and the real version was never theatrically released in the United States. During the festival you can see the entire film on the big screen, with all of the missing scenes restored, and all of the pieces in all of the places where Sergio Leone put them! Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello and William Forsythe.
Harry Potter and the screens of IMAX
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the latest in the mega-hit series about a young warlock and his two best pals, opens Friday at the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum downtown in White River State Park. Imagine the digitally re-mastered images of the third Harry Potter epic on a screen towering six stories high, surrounded by 16,000 watts of pure digital sound.
Based on the third book in J.K. Rowling's world-renowned and best-selling novel series, this is the first of the beloved adventures to be released using the proprietary IMAX DMR technology. The film is rated PG by the MPAA for "frightening moments, creature violence and mild language." Check the capsule reviews for our very positive rating.
The IMAX Theater can be found on the Internet at www.ImaxIndy.com and is located at 650 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis' White River State Park.
As of Friday, the theater roster is as follows:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience (rated PG) through Sept. 9
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience (rated PG) through Sept. 9
Bugs! (3D) (unrated) through Aug. 5
Call 317-233-IMAX (4629) for more information on show times and prices, or to purchase advance tickets.