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Academy Presents 30th Anniversary Digital Screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark June 17 (UPDATE)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2011 at 8:31AM

It's hard to believe that I sat in a screening room at Paramount's New York headquarters 30 years ago to watch Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Needless to say, it blew my head off. I made my first trip to the west coast to interview producer George Lucas at his Lucasfilm headquarters in Marin, California, for Film Comment Magazine (the archives don't go back that far, alas). The Lawrence Kasdan/George Lucas/Steven Spielberg original turned into a blockbuster and spawned a franchise. The concept of remaking a 40s adventure serial was novel; so was producing an action-packed period romantic comedy (with 6,000 live reptiles). And Harrison Ford nailed Indiana Jones, needless to say.
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Thompson on Hollywood

It's hard to believe that I sat in a screening room at Paramount's New York headquarters 30 years ago to watch Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Needless to say, it blew my head off. I made my first trip to the west coast to interview producer George Lucas at his Lucasfilm headquarters in Marin, California, for Film Comment Magazine (the archives don't go back that far, alas). The Lawrence Kasdan/George Lucas/Steven Spielberg original turned into a blockbuster and spawned a franchise. The concept of remaking a 40s adventure serial was novel; so was producing an action-packed period romantic comedy (with 6,000 live reptiles). And Harrison Ford nailed Indiana Jones, needless to say.

To celebrate its three-decade anniversary, the Motion Picture Academy is mounting a premiere Digital Cinema presentation of a new restoration of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a pre-screening conversation focused on the film's groundbreaking use of technology with key members of the film’s crew. UPDATE: The conversation will be streamed live on Oscars.org at 7:30pm PT.

Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Moderated by historian Eric Lichtenfeld, the program will include VFX Oscar-winner Bruce Nicholson; sound Oscar-winners Gregg Landaker and Steve Maslow; Richard L. Anderson and Ben Burtt, recipients of a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing; and producer Frank Marshall.

More info here on how to get tickets for the event on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Studios, Tech News, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Indiana Jones, Period, comedy, Action, Romance, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.