Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 5: 2014
By our fifth year, Movies on the Roof was a well oiled machine (ha!). The custom beers, labels, and themed charities continued, and we were gifted with another phenomenal trailer from Rebecca and Jack - seriously, they just kept getting better!
We giggled for months in anticipation of watching “The Fugitive” on the roof in full view of the Chicago Hilton and its roof where the climactic fight takes place and was filmed (even though there isn’t a “Balbo” stop on the L).
For season four we brought back the Labor Day Weekend sequel-encore, because as great as “The Terminator” is, “T:2” is the true masterpiece. We were cheeky enough to play with the end credits to insert our end-of-season thank yous, and dropped a teaser of what was coming in 2015!
But the centerpiece of this season was Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder.” We originally chose it for two reasons:
It’s a criminally underrated Hitchcock mystery, claustrophobic and intimate, and starring the radiant Grace Kelly
We needed a 50s movie to balance out our schedule.
The moment we announced the schedule, our dear friend Christopher Schneberger reached out to point out the obvious: we needed to show “Dial M For Murder” in 3D.
Background: long before the 3D craze of the early 2000s, there was a brief period of movies with depth back in the 1950s, and Alfred Hitchcock's classic is one of the last. As he put it, "It was a nine day fad, and I came in on the ninth day."
With Chris’s extraordinary insight and knowledge of movie projection, we created a crazy configuration of a special reflective screen with two projectors and a custom frame to hold them (thank you, Chris!). The setup was quite wonky and involved lining up all the components nearly perfectly, but we were able to recreate the stereographic, 3D setup the movie was originally shown in!
Because of the rapid demise of the medium, this movie has only been shown a handful of times in 3D since 1954, and by our estimation this was the second time in nearly 60 years that the full color 3D version was shown to a crowd on a big screen.
The 2014 List:
52 The Fugitive
53 My Man Godfrey
54 Dial M For Murder
55 The Maltese Falcon
56 Dog Day Afternoon
57 Mary Poppins
58 The Terminator
59 Terminator 2: Judgment Day