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70mm Film Fest: "Patton"

As part of its 70mm Film Festival, the Music Box will be showing the WW2 classic "Patton".  The enhanced scope of the 70mm image can still barely contain George C. Scott's titanic performance as Patton - a brilliant general and rampaging egomaniac, one whose single-minded dedication to all things military so often put him at odds with those within it.   The film shows the trials and triumphs of this mercurial commander, spanning from the deserts of North Africa to the Battle of the Bulge.

Getting advance tickets to the movie is highly recommended, you can get them at: 

https://ticketing.musicboxtheatre.com/Ticketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=0000000001&txtSessionId=2257&visLang=1

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  • Mark K.

    Great film, good company!

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Al

    Amazing Meetup talking about the impressions of "Patton" both then and now (several members saw it when it came out, plus one member's father served under the General's command!) It led to a great comparison of monologues between "Patton" and "The Godfather", reminisces of the anti-war sentiments when the movie came out, and even such conversation-stoppers like religion, politics, and Batman were discussed in a thoughtful and open manner. A stellar moment for both Film and Discussion - glad I could be a part of it!

    Some of the topics that came up were the anti-war song "I Was Witness to a War": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI1STkl2NGs

    anti-communist Batman:

    http://www.comicvine.com/batmankoff/4005-70711/

    and books like Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" (I like that order of actions myself), and the definitive global look at WW2, Gerhard Weinberg's "A World at Arms".

    July 20, 2014

    • Arn

      Thanx, Al. Recorded at WTTW's "Soundstage" nearly 40 years ago. As topical as tomorrow's headlines.

      July 20, 2014

    • Al

      BTW, here's a great interview of "Patton" screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola by Roger Ebert (thanks Arn!) :http://www.rogerebert...­

      Plus, a quote from Coppola about the movie's famous first scene: http://www.achievemen...­

      July 21, 2014

  • Linda

    Can't believe I've never seen this film...

    July 14, 2014

    • Al

      Sorry you won't be able to join us, Linda! If you're free this upcoming Thursday the 24th, you can catch the second showing of "Patton" at 7:00 PM.

      July 19, 2014

  • Al

    One of the most amazing things about this movie is it's authenticity - most of the great quotes, crazy situations, and dramatic shifts in fortune for the general shown in the movie actually happened!

    Here's some posts talking about the accuracy displayed in "Patton" (including some juicy details not in the movie):

    http://jbell2ja.umwblogs.org/history-in-film-patton/
    http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=377638
    http://paulmichaelowens.blogspot.com/2010/08/patton-1970-film-analysis.html

    July 19, 2014

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