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‘Stalingrad’ Premieres Big in U.S.

Film opens on 308 IMAX screens across the country.

Published: March 6, 2014 (Issue # 1800)



  • Filmgoers purchasing tickets at IMAX theater showing Stalingrad at a Los Angeles suburb.
    Photo: Ali Sar

HOLLYWOOD — The much-anticipated unveiling of “Stalingrad” captured the movie-going public’s attention in the U.S. as Sony Entertainment released the Russian war epic on 308 IMAX screens throughout the country last weekend.

From movie houses in suburbia to the historic Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, theaters across the country were filled with foreign film buffs. The 308-screen opening represented a sea change on a market where foreign films are typically relegated to a small number of art houses. “It’s one for the record books,” said one cinema exhibitor.

Related: 'Stalingrad' Lands in U.S.

Filmed at a cost of $30 million, with St. Petersburg providing the locale for key battle sequences, “Stalingrad” has already grossed more than $120 million with key openings across major movie markets around the world yet to come in the near future.

The hefty IMAX admission price of $19.50 per person in the U.S. is expected to contribute to the film’s takings in a big way.

Sony is spending big bucks to promote the movie. The booking of a foreign film at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles is, in and of itself, a rare accomplishment in the industry-driven town.

A Sony marketing executive told The St. Petersburg Times that the studio has high hopes that Fyodor Bondarchuk’s film will set a precedent for foreign films to achieve mass release across the country.

The $30 million film represents the first fully 3D Russian movie and the first non-American movie shot for IMAX 3D.

Related: ‘Stalingrad’ Hits Big for Glavkino

The Battle of Stalingrad lasted for months and the Russian victory in 1943 led the way for the Allied victory in World War II.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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