“Yo, Adrian!” The film that launched a franchise and a career was the third to use Steadicam. Winning three Academy Awards—best film editing, best director, and best picture—Rocky endures as arguably cinema’s greatest underdog story: hard-luck tomato can Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, immortal) improbably finds himself lined up to fight world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers, fearsome) after another title contender gets injured. The Italian Stallion has a mere five weeks to prepare for the fight of his life, and slowly but surely things fall into place for what should be the upset of the century. Steadicam steals the show when Rocky makes his iconic run up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum, rendering this transcendent moment as no other filmmaking technology could. 4K restoration!
Introduction by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown on December 17
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