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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad world at the Cinerama Dome October 16 sold out!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by RolandL, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. RolandL

    RolandL Producer

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    From the Arclightcinemas.com web site:

    In the fall of 1963, two icons were born - the Cinerama Dome and Stanley Kramer's classic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. This October 17-19, our historic Cinerama Dome will showcase a 40th Anniversary Special Edition print presented in 70mm and, for the first time, in digital sound with the legendary intermission and "police calls" voiced by Spencer Tracy and William Demarest.

    On October 16, you can participate in the exciting recreation of the Dome's special 1963 opening night. Edie Adams, Sid Caesar, Peter Falk, Stan Freberg, Marvin Kaplan, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, Carl Reiner, Madlyn Rhue, Mickey Rooney, and Jonathan Winters are scheduled to appear. Proceeds from this event will benefit a newly established Stanley Kramer Graduate Fellowship in Film Directing at UCLA, honoring students who demonstrate passion and excellence in the art of film directing. Tickets are $30 and include popcorn, soda, parking, and a free gift. You won't want to miss it!
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Educate me: Was It's a Mad ... Mad World filmed via the three-lense Cinerama system? It would be nice to see this screwy comedy in the Dome, though.
     
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    No, Jack. It was filmed in the single-camera UltraPanavision process and was the first single-strip Cinerama film (at least, I think it was the first). The prints were "rectified" by putting an optical squeeze on them to accomodate the curved screen.

    The website is wrong as Tracy & Demarest do not voice the police calls.
     
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    The film that they're showing is probably not a rectified print. It became a "Cinerama" film well into the shoot and as Stanley Kramer said, "it wasn't a Cinerama film". A story I've read stated that when the Dome premiered the movie, not only were they still painting the exterior and interior of the place on the day of the premiere, but that the special lense needed to project the first single lense "Cinerama" movie was missing in action. Cinerama, Inc. was supposed to pay for it but had no money. Either UA or Pacific Theatres put up the $$$ to get it delivered to the theatre in time.

    The website now says Spencer Tracy and Terry-Thomas for the police calls. Are they getting close?
     

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