Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just in case y'all didn't know: Cinemateque Waterloo

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment (1960)

Ever wanted to see some older films on the big screen? The Cinemateque Waterloo is a local organisation that brings in great prints of classic must-see films that are made so much more personal by sitting in a theatre and sharing the experience. Getting your seat kicked and whatnot. Check their website out for their schedule. Their presentations run through the Princess Cinemas, and the Cinemateque starts the screening off with a brief presentation about the film's history and interpretations, which is typically pretty fascinating.

I managed to catch Lawrence of Arabia there, which was filmed on the kind of 70mm scale that demands to be seen on a big screen. I was watching it for the first time, and it was an experience I'm not soon going to forget. Some things you need to see sitting in the mystique-heavy dark room of the theatre, shadowy seat-tops and breathing people.

Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

They screen on Tuesday evenings. You should go. :3

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