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Some animals were simply made for the bigscreen, as the subjects of “Humpback Whales” prove all too swimmingly. It’s hard to believe there hasn’t already been a dedicated Imax nature doc about the massive creatures, but veteran filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Everest”) seizes the opportunity with striking imagery, which goes a long way toward compensating for his frequently over-earnest messaging. At least there are worse goals for a film to have than inspiring a new generation of ocean-life enthusiasts and researchers. Family auds should embrace the easygoing doc in large enough numbers to generate solid grosses in large-format venues.
Opening with a gorgeous upside-down underwater shot of a whale breaching the surface, MacGillivray and his exceptional camera team set a mood of mystery and wonder. It’s a shot that’s equaled all too rarely in the next 30-some minutes, though there are still plenty of awe-inspiring, if less evocative, »
- Geoff Berkshire
The movie will be screened at the private theater at the massive hilltop estate — the inspiration for Xanadu in “Citizen Kane” — for about 50 people. Tickets will cost $1,000 each and proceeds will benefit the festival and The Friends of Hearst Castle preservation group.
The Hearst family became a part of the festival in 2012 when William Randolph Hearst’s grandson Steven Hearst agreed to a first-ever screening of “Citizen Kane” at the Hearst Castle visitor center, two miles away from Hearst Castle — even though his grandfather had tried unsuccessfully to suppress the 1941 film. Steven Hearst had said then that enough time has passed for the family to acknowledge the artistic achievement of the film, while attempting to set the record straight about Hearst.
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- Dave McNary
2 items from 2015
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