In our all-digital world, opportunities to see an original 35mm film print—watching a film on film, as it was originally made and meant to be experienced—are increasingly rare.
The 35mm Archival Film Series is produced by Lensic Executive/Artistic Director Robert Martin and film and television director Tim Hunter (River’s Edge, Mad Men), a part-time Santa Fe resident. Hunter has been collecting and archiving film prints since the 1960s, and for this series he is helping The Lensic locate the very best archival prints from private collectors and film archives across the country.
The first four films in the series are presented by The Lensic in partnership with the Academy Film Archive, part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and home to one of the most diverse and extensive motion picture collections in the world.
The series will continue on December 27 when we present White Christmas at 2 pm and Lawrence of Arabia at 7 pm, with more to come in 2014.
Seats for all 35mm Archival Film Series presentations are just $7.
Friday, Dec. 27
White Christmas, 2 p.m.
This 1954 American musical film is directed by Michael Curtiz and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney.
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Lawrence of Arabia, 7 p.m.
In this 1962 film, an inordinately complex man, Thomas Edward Lawrence, who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, blazes his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then seeks anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name.
The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks.
Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.
About Tim Hunter
Tim Hunter is a film director, television director, and film collector and archivist who divides his time between Los Angeles and Santa Fe. Hunter’s film credits include River’s Edge, Tex, and Control; his television directing credits include episodes of Mad Men, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Deadwood, Hannibal, Glee, and many other series.
About the Academy Film Archive
Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition, and study of motion pictures, the Academy Film Archive is home to one of the most diverse and extensive motion picture collections in the world, including the personal collections of such filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock, Cecil B. DeMille, George Stevens, Fred Zinnemann, Sam Peckinpah, and Jim Jarmusch. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 and began acquiring film material in 1929. The Academy Film Archive, established in 1991, holds all of the Academy Award®-winning films in the Best Picture category, all the Oscar®-winning documentaries and many Oscar-nominated films in all categories. For more information on the Academy Film Archive, see www.oscars.org/filmaarchive.
About the Lensic Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit, member-supported Lensic Performing Arts Center hosts more than 200 events year-round, from theater, music, and dance performances to spoken word events, films, and lectures. Through our Lensic Presents series, performing arts education programs, and community sponsorships, The Lensic is a major partner and supporter of Santa Fe’s nonprofits, arts organizations, and schools. We own and maintain the historic Lensic Theater, a 1931 cultural landmark, and operate Tickets Santa Fe, the city’s community box office. For more information about our presentations and programs, visit www.lensic.org.