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3-D Newly Restored X-rated THE STEWARDESSES 1977 (DCP)

This titillating and ultra campy, adult film from the mid-1970's (considered VERY soft core by today's standards) is being presented for the first time with missing footage as part of a special tribute. The world of 3-D exhibition, appreciation and preservation lost three of its most devoted experts and champions recently with the unrelated deaths of Chris Condon, Dan Symmes and Ray Zone.  Hailed by no less than HOUSE OF WAX director Andre de Toth as “a wizard of stereoscopy,” Dan Symmes worked as a cameraman on Condon’s indie softcore hit THE STEWARDESSES and later went on to found 3-D Video Corp. and Spatial Technologies.  Symmes pioneered first-ever 3-D network TV broadcasts in the early 1980’s, shot behavioral 3-D videos for the Dept. of Defense, worked tirelessly on the first World 3-D Film Expos in 2003 and 2006, and much more.

As part of this tribute this 3-D festival will also be screening a new digital transfer of the rarely-screened 1977 short “Experiments In Love” (28 min.) which Symmes directed as well.  Dubbed by Starlog Magazine as “The King Of 3-D Comics,” Ray Zone was an internationally-acclaimed expert in 3-D cinema and comic art:  he worked on the pioneering 1990 graphic novel “Batman 3-D,” authored the definitive reference books 3D Filmmakers, Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures (Scarecrow Press: 2005) and Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838 – 1952 (University Press of Kentucky: 2007), and created numerous stereoscopic conversions for film, television and record artwork. 

A much-loved legend in the world of 3-D cinema, Chris Condon invented the 35 mm. Stereovision 3-D format (with Allan Silliphant) and went on to produced the phenomenally successful THE STEWARDESSES in 1969, which earned a then-incredible $27m. at the box office.  A producer, director, consultant and distributor, Condon received the International 3D Society’s Charles M. Brewster Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010, shortly before his death.  In his memory we’ll be screening a new digital 3-D transfer of THE STEWARDESSES (1969, 69 min.)  One of the quintessential softcore skin flicks of the 1970’s makes a return appearance, in a fully restored (picture AND sound) version, with all the missing footage now put back. You’ve not seen THE STEWARDESSES until you’ve seen this new restored version which "will take off" as never before!

Though this screening is being held at the Egyptian Theatre, it is NOT being presented by the non-profit American Cinematheque. The Eqyptian has been "four walled" (privately rented by film collector and 3-D expert Jeff Joseph) and to offset the great expense of presenting many rare 3D films in their original format, a special $18 admission price has been announced. Personally when considering the cost of going to the Arclight or Landmark theatres for new, mediocre, first run movies, the $18 admission price does not seem that out of line--especially for a restored, state of the art showing of a rare 3D classic.

ADVANCE TICKETS (only for patrons 18 years of age and older) ONLINE WEBLINK:

Note: Before this screening Jono invites you to join him for "coffee, tea or" cocktails (or an Italian dinner) at Micelli's restaurant across the street from the theatre on Las Palmas Avenue--more details will be forthcoming as the event date approaches.

Parking: Parking for the Egyptian always involves pay lots, but the cheapest $5 lots are near Selma Avenue & Cherokee behind the theatre (or you can pay $10 or more next to the theatre).

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  • JC

    interesting topic/movie

    August 13, 2013

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