Oh My God! The very first Russian movie to be made in 3D IMAX will be about the battle of Stalingrad. Just as Hollywood has produced movies about important battles in our history (Saving Private Ryan, 1941, Glory) the Russians certainly have the right to make a film about one of the most important battles of their history. We will be attending the 7:00 pm showing at the Thornton Place Cinemas located across the street from the Northgate shopping mall.
Here is what Wikipedia says about this film:
"Stalingrad (Russian: Сталинград) is a Russian war drama film directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. This is the first Russian movie completely produced with 3D technology. At the same time, this project is the first Russian and non-American film produced using the IMAX format. It is scheduled to be released in 2013. The film has been selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards".
Here is what the IMAX says about "Stalingrad 3D":
"Stalingrad: An IMAX 3D Experience Release Date: October 10, 2013. Studio: Non-Stop Production, Art Pictures Studio, Columbia Pictures.
Stalingrad: An IMAX 3D Experience will be released in Russia and select international IMAX theatres in 2013.
"Stalingrad is a drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. While the whole might of the German army descends onto them, the heroes of Stalingrad experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die. They defend the house at all costs while the Red Army prepares for another attack.
"Stalingrad: An IMAX 3D Experience will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX®3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie."
Here is a preview of this film:
Stalingrad 3D trailer
This film has a rating of 48 on rottentomatoes.com. By way of comparison The Monuments Men was rated at 34. Here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews:
tomatometer - Stalingrad
Here is an informative review from the Hollywood Reporter:
Please keep in mind that this film is both an IMAX film and a 3D film (there are no regular size screen and/or 2D versions) so the ticket price is slightly more than $18 at the box office. The link to the on-line box office will be posted as soon as the date and time has been confirmed.
On-line box office link
Be sure that you are selecting the 7:00 pm showing on Tuesday, March 4.
When you arrive at the theater's screening room find a seat that is to your liking and place a territorial marker (e.g., jacket) on the seat. Then meet me outside of the screening room about twenty minutes before the program begins (i.e., around 6:40) to meet the other participants. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program at 7:00 pm. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.
There will be an optional beverage and food stop at the conclusion (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by) of this film. Meet me on the ground floor near the escalator.
I want to thank Elena, a Seattle Cinema Club regular, for bringing this film to my attention. Who would have thought...?
For what it's worth: Stalingrad opens in only three theaters (Thornton Place, Pacific Science Center, Lacy WA), all IMAX, in Western Washington, on February 28. The IMAX folks back in NYC confirm that the run at all theaters in the USA is only for one week at which time they will show 300 (2014). A thanks to meetup member Eric Carter for pointing out the short run for this movie.