Minnelli Widescreen

August 16 to August 28

Many Hollywood directors groused about the compositional problems posed by widescreen cinematography when it was popularized following the rollout of 20th Century Fox’s 1953 CinemaScope Biblical epic The Robe. Vincente Minnelli, however, went for widescreen just like he’d gone for color; seeing the possibilities of the format’s embracing breadth, he taught it how to dance. Widescreen Minnelli brings together the best of the director’s efforts in the 2.35:1 frame, a veritable masterclass in how to use all that screen real-estate with fluidity, flair, and feeling as exercised in musicals like Brigadoon (1954), Gigi (1958), and the swinging Bells are Ringing (1960); a remarkable run of melodramas including The Cobweb (1955), Tea and Sympathy (1956), and Some Came Running (1958); and late masterworks like his acrid kiss-off to Hollywood, Two Weeks in Another Town (1962). So come thrill along to the marvels of Minnelli’s choreographed mise-en-scène, and a cinema that is well and truly bigger than life.