3-D films comin’ right out at ya — at the Dryden in July
Titles include Man in the Dark, Robot Monsters, Dial M for Murder, and Inferno
For Release 2012-06-25
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The movies are literally comin’ right at ya this summer, as the Dryden Theatre installs its silver screen for five days’ worth of 3-D classics from Golden Age, all on film. The series includes the first-ever 3-D release from a major studio (Man in the Dark), a dose of Hitchcock (Dial M for Murder), and a visit from the founder of the 3-D Film Archive (presenting a series of shorts plus Robot Monsters).
In recent years, 3-D has come back stronger than ever, with artistic triumphs like Hugo and Pina earning critical raves, James Cameron’s commercial blockbuster Avatar breaking all box-office records, and Piranha and Final Destination proving that old-fashioned exploitation is alive and bleeding. “At the same time, there’s something a bit soulless about the contemporary three dimensional megaplex experience, whether it’s the smudgy glasses, the high ticket prices, or the dim digital projection,” said Lori Donnelly, Dryden Theatre film programmer. “As always, there’s nothing like the “real thing” — in this case, two-strip, dual-projector 3-D, with the brilliant luminosity and incredible depth of field that only 35mm film can provide.”
The fun starts with Man in the Dark, the first major studio film released in 3-D and a cracking film noir that concludes with — what else — a literal roller coaster ride. On July 4, 3-D expert Bob Furmanek will be presenting an evening of treasures from the 3-D Film Archive, the first organization dedicated to the preservation of our stereoscopic film heritage. He will present a number of rare shorts, and the next day presents Phil Tucker’s infamous Robot Monster (aka “the movie with the guy in the gorilla suit and diving helmet”) rises from the apocalyptic ash of Bronson Canyon to teach us what it means to be Hu-Man.
Finally, the Dryden will wrap up the week with an established classic (Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder) and one that should be: Roy Ward Baker’s awesome, recently rediscovered Inferno, in which Robert Ryan struggles to survive in the Mojave Desert after being left for dead by his wife. Shot on location (!) in Technicolor (!!) with an unmatched depth of field, this one’s a don’t-miss.
Tuesday, July 3 MAN IN THE DARK (Lew Landers, US 1953, 70 min.)
Wednesday, July 4 A program of 3-D Shorts
Thursday, July 5 ROBOT MONSTER (Phil Tucker, US 1953, 62 min.)
Friday, July 6 DIAL M FOR MURDER (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954, 105 min.)
Saturday, July 7 INFERNO (Roy Ward Baker, US 1953, 83 min.)
All films screen at 8 p.m. and are $8 general admission/$6 students. Learn more at dryden.eastmanhouse.org or (585) 271-3361.