- Sat-Sun, Jan 11-12 at 1:00 pmDir. William A. Wellman, USA, 1927, 144 min., NR, 4K DCP Restoration, New 5.1 Surround Sound
Part of Oscar Picks.
“It Girl” Clara Bow loves Buddy Rogers, but Buddy—and buddy Richard Arlen—loves planes. All get their fill when the U.S. of A. enters WWI. The very first Best Picture Academy Award-winner (then called “Most Outstanding Production”) is a super-spectacle, with hair-raising aerial footage matched with massive battle recreations—its authenticity guaranteed by real life Great War flyboy vets Wellman, Arlen, and screenwriter John Monk Saunders—and a star-making cameo by Gary Cooper. This all-new 4K digital (DCP) restoration, created to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures, incorporates the film’s original 1927 score by John Stepan Zamecnik, color tinting (and a re-creation of its “Handschiegl” color effects, originally stenciled right onto the prints), and sound effects authentically re-created by Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (E.T., STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, etc., etc.)
Restored by Paramount Pictures with support from the Academy Film Archive. Special thanks to The Film Foundation. Synopsis courtesy of Film Forum, New York.