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Friday, September 8, 2017
Metrograph Announces September and October Events with Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS)
Special Screenings of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez and The Crazies Plus "It Came from the Vault" Academy Trailer Show
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began a year-long residency at Metrograph in July, bringing exciting and entertaining programs to the big screen. Programs have and will feature onstage conversations with filmmakers and scholars of motion pictures, tributes, newsreels, rarely seen clips from past Oscar® ceremonies, and home movies from Hollywood legends. This monthly series, showcasing film prints from the Academy Film Archive, continues in September and October, with a 2016 restoration ofThe Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and October with a tribute to George Romero (The Crazies) and "It Came from the Vault," a feast of Academy horror trailers.
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (Robert M. Young/1982/104 mins/DCP) Monday, September 18 - 7:00pm Producer Michael Hausman, Production Designer Stuart Wurtzel, and Costume Designer Hilary Rosenfeld will be in attendance for a post screening Q & A moderated by film journalist Joe Neumaier.
A revisionist western set in turn-of-the-last-century Texas, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez gives Edward James Olmos a career part in the title role, a Mexican-American farm worker who goes on the run after he’s slapped with an unfair murder charge, trailing six hundred Texas Rangers behind him. Young’s film breathes life into a legendary episode of immigrant resistance to nativist bullying.
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez was restored in 2016 by the Academy Film Archive. Filmed in Super 16mm, it was adapted to widescreen 35mm for release. The original Super 16mm camera negative was left in 36 individual rolls, totaling nearly 16 hours of material, and was not in order of the final edit. Modern VideoFilm transferred all 36 reels of negative at HD quality, and additionally transferred a 35mm print, a 16mm television negative and the original 35mm magnetic audio tracks, all of which were used to build a map of the movie. The sections of original negative were scanned at 2K resolution and conformed to the final version. Color correction and digital restoration were performed, and the main and end credits had to be fully recreated. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
It Came from the Vault Monday, October 30 - 6:45pm Introduced by journalist Michael Gingold, former Editor-In-Chief of Fangoria
What horror movies have historically lacked in cultural prestige, they’ve more than made up with panache and showmanship—along with the films themselves, their promotional posters and trailers are works of art. So come celebrate the noble tradition of butchery and ballyhoo with this feast of Academy horror film trailers, with a lineup that includes Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven, Ray Dennis Steckler, a whole menagerie of monsters, Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula, and taglines that will haunt you to the grave and beyond!
Courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive.
The Crazies (George A. Romero/1973/103 mins/35mm) Monday, October 30 - 8:45pm
A lesser-known work which can be seen as a stepping stone between George Romero’s Night of the Living.. and Dawn of the Dead, in which observing the effects of an outbreak caused by a spillage of psychosis-inducing chemical weapons in small town Evans City, Pennsylvania allows the master of disaster to exercise his gift for conjuring up a sense of mounting mass panic, and to explore his great theme—the total breakdown of human and institutional communication under stress. A virtuoso performance, in which you can feel the rising tide of madness.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.