Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running celebrates its 45th anniversary
with a special screening at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine
Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Starring Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, and Ron
Rifkin, the G-rated film runs 89 minutes and is being showcased on the big
screen in a rare opportunity.
PLEASE NOTE: Director Douglas Trumbull
and Producer Michael Gruskoff are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A
following the screening.
the press release:
SILENT RUNNING (1972)
45th Anniversary Screening
Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts
Q&A with Special Guests Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present
a 45th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking sci-fi movie Silent
Running which marked the directorial debut of special effects wizard
Douglas Trumbull. Set 100 years in the future, the prophetic script by Deric
Washburn, Michael Cimino, and Steven Bochco stars two-time Oscar nominee Bruce
Dern as an astronaut sent into space to preserve the last samples of plant life
that are endangered on a dying Earth. His only companions are three drones named
Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
The film’s ecological message was a daring one for the time, and its relevance
has only grown over the decades. Trumbull had made special effects films for
NASA while he was still in his early twenties, and he was hired by Stanley
Kubrick to execute many of the most challenging and innovative visual effects
in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Reviewing Silent Running, Time’s Jay
Cocks compared it to Kubrick’s masterpiece: “Silent Running displays the
same kind of technical virtuosity, the same sense of the still, vast symmetry
of the galaxies.” He added that the movie was “a quite captivating essay on
futuristic ecology.” Life’s Richard Schickel declared that the film
“provides a great, near-solo role for Bruce Dern.”
In addition to his work on 2001, Trumbull played a major role in creating
the special effects for The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the
Third Kind, Star Trek: the Motion Picture, Blade Runner, and Terrence
Malick’s The Tree of Life. He directed Natalie Wood’s last film, Brainstorm.
He is also known as an inventor and technical innovator in many other fields.
He has received numerous awards over the years, including three Oscar
nominations for his visual effects and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for
scientific and technical achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences in 2012.
After working as a highly successful agent during the
1960s, Michael Gruskoff produced his first film, Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie, in 1971. His other
films include Mel Brooks’ comedy smash Young Frankenstein, Quest
for Fire, and My Favorite
Year, which we featured in a highly successful Anniversary screening
earlier this year.
Fine Arts Theatre is located at 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. The phone number is
(310) (310) 478 – 3836.
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