Introducing Epic! at Derby QUAD – the films you need to see on the big screen

January 14, 2013 by Simon Kinnear in Introductions, Opinion with 2 Comments

Fancy watching 2001: A Space Odyssey on your iPhone? No, me neither.

That’s why I’ve got together with my local cinema, the rather fine Derby QUAD, to devise a new strand of programming devoted to the films you need to see on the big screen.

It’s called Epic! and, yes, there will be a fair share of bum-numbing Widescreen spectacles. But I’m also hoping to include Westerns, war films, visionary sci-fi and perhaps the odd comedy or two.  As long as it’s something big enough in scale or ambition to be worth opting for a trip to the cinema rather than renting it from Lovefilm.

Epic! will screen on a Sunday afternoon every two months.  For the inaugural screening at 16:00 on Sunday 20th January, I’ve gone for the new 4K restoration of David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia, being screened in its original road-show format, with an overture, intermission, entrance and exit music.

There’s a tale here.  Back in the 1990s, when I was getting into cinema, I kept reading about the films you need to see on the big screen.  Trouble is, I’d already seen a lot of them on the small screen. Apocalypse Now? Got the video. 2001? Caught it late one night on Channel 4.

Lawrence Of Arabia was one I hadn’t seen, so I made a vow not to even try until I got the chance to see it at the cinema.  It’s a vow I kept for 15 years, despite upgrades in home movie viewing making many of my initial reservations moot.  I finally delivered on my promise two years ago at Bradford Film Festival’s Widescreen Weekend, where Lawrence Of Arabia appeared in a ravishing 70mm print.

Ironically, at the end of a very long day watching several very long films, by midnight I was nodding off during Lawrence’s later stretches.  That won’t be a problem on a lazy Sunday afternoon, which makes Lawrence Of Arabia the perfect choice to kickstart Epic!

Book a ticket here, and I’ll see you there!

Which classics do you regard as the films you need to see on the big screen?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think should be included as part of Epic!

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