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LATEST 70MM NEWS AND FEATURES
Report from 10th International 70mm festival in KRNOV By Johan Wolthuis This year the program of the “KRRR! 70mm Film Fest” was again very international and of course all 70mm, however, it was a pity, six of a total of eight 70mm prints were blow-ups and most of them were faded. The Kino Mir 70 theatre was again the meeting point for film enthusiasts from not only the Czech Republic but also visitors from many European countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States.
70mm Returns to the Prince Charles Cinema By Prince Charles Cinema The past few months we have been installing, calibrating, and testing our 70mm projector. And what a beauty it is! To celebrate this new addition to The Prince Charles Cinema projection booth, we're screening some of our favourite films both new (and old) on glorious, breathtaking 70mm, and we invite you all to join us!
Restoration of "Vertigo", 1996" By Universal Pictures Vertigo was originally shot in VistaVision, created by Paramount in the early 50's as a non-anamorphic, wide-screen alternative to Twentieth Century Fox's CinemaScope. But VistaVision is no longer utilized and the team had to undertake a restoration which would ultimately turn a 1:85 VistaVision negative into a 70mm print. Now, a whole new generation of moviegoers will have the opportunity to be swept away by Vertigo on the big screen in 70mm.
65mm / 70mm Film Scanning in the UK By Gary Welch CINE Solutions are now able to offer expert scanning of 65/70mm film using the Cintel Millennium 2 Machine in the U.K. The company was originally set up by Cintel engineers to continue the worldwide support and service for all Cintel built machines, following its demise in 2012. Since then we have started to get enquiries for high quality film scanning of all kinds, but are seeing a growing interest in 70mm film to 2k and 4k data from European archives.
David Samuelson: A Lifetime with the Movies By Lyndon and Hauerslev I was a cinema newsreel cameraman, with Fox Movietone. We covered the Ascot horse racing and I was assigned to film when the Queen went down and talked to all the jockeys. We had to film that from quite a long way away, because CinemaScope was about wide screen, it didn’t cross their minds to equip me with a long lens. The only CinemaScope lens I had was a wide one, and the Queen was tiny, a long way away. I took the decision, to go down from my assigned location to the ground level and film the Queen.
"MacKenna's Gold" at the Schauburg in70mm.com/Schauburg Cinerama Press Release Schauburg Cinerama and in70mm.com are proud to announce a rare presentation of a Carl Foreman production of a J. Lee Thomson film "MacKenna's Gold" from 1969 on Thursday 8. October, 2015. The film will presented in 35mm Technicolor and 4-track magnetic stereo. This screening is our farewell tribute to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif who played greatest film doctor of all time. "MacKenna's Gold" was the pinnacle of his acting career in the '60s.
"Think Big" World Premiere Screening, 8. October 2015, Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe By Wolfram Hanneman The Todd-AO Festival has become one of the most important festivals for 70mm films worldwide, luring audiences from all around the world each year into the unique Schauburg theatre! In this documentary German film maker Wolfram Hannemann is not only offering an inside view into the festival, but also gets the audience in front of the camera and lets them talk about their favorite subject. Their dedication speaks for itself!
Der Mann mit der Kamera. Coburgs Filmchronist Von Manfred Romboy Coburgs Filmchronist von Manfred Romboy, DGPh Lust am Film wurde dem 1941 geborenen Jürgen A. Brückner quasi in die Wiege gelegt. 1938 hatte sich sein Vater Rudolf Brückner, ein Coburger Fabrikant, eine Siemens-Filmkamera gekauft. Es versteht sich, dass als beliebte Filmobjekte auch seine beiden Söhne herhalten mussten. Eventuell hat das katzenartige Abschnurren der väterlichen Doppel 8-Kamera schon im Unterbewusstsein des kleinen Jürgen die Grundlagen seiner später so ausgeprägten Filmaffinität gelegt.
DP70 Update from Australia, 2013 By Phillip Grace Corrections to your page DP70s in Australia. The 70mm projectors at Horsham, Victoria are not DP70. They are Cinemeccanica Victoria X. They were originally installed new in the Chelsea Theatre, Melbourne, then moved a little way down the street to the Forum Twin Cinemas (Cinema One) also in Melbourne, and screened a lot of 70mm on both sites. When the Forum Twin closed in 1982 or 1983 the Victoria X machines were sold to Horsham.
A Visit to the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland By Thomas Hauerslev Some months ago I wrote an e-mail to the Chief Technician David Boyd saying I would be in Edinburgh on vacation, and if possible, I'd like to come and visit him, and see his DP70s. David was quick and said I would be very welcome indeed. I arrived on a Thursday morning around 10:45 in the last week of July, and David was there to give me the big tour.
Broadway "Spaciovision" Theatre, Paris, France By Christian Karl Other major and significant theatre dedicated to the widescreen 70mm was the Broadway which was opened by one of the managers of the Kinopanorama the first April 1977 with the process "Spaciovision" on his large curved screen given for 380m2.
Kinopanorama Theatre, Paris, France By Christian Karl My first movie at the Kinopanorama was "Lawrence of Arabia" and my first in 70mm, a real discovery and experience, in January 1975, followed by about forty more memorable visits (including “West Side Story”- a few times, “El Cid”, “War and Peace”, “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, “Lawrence of Arabia” restoration ...) until December 1989 with “Indiana Jones and the last Crusade”.
Goodbye 70mm IMAX Projector By Vaughan, McGregor and van der Post When IMAX opened at the NMeM in 1983, a little over 10 years after the IMAX technology premiered in Japan, it was the first ever IMAX cinema in Europe and contained Britain’s largest cinema screen. This summer we say goodbye to the good old 70mm IMAX projector at Picturehouse at National Media Museum, as it will be converted to digital and the cinema will be refurbished.
3-D Film Archive, Proudly Presents "3-D RARITIES" By Bob Furmanek We've just had three sold out showings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Traditionally, New York audiences can be tough and they loved it. Many films got applause from young and old alike and word-of-mouth was excellent following each performance. We want people around the world to see these beautifully restored treasures on the big screen. For the Cinerama fans, we have stereoscopic footage taken on a roller-coaster from 1922!
Omar Sharif Passed Away By Mark Lyndon We must bid him a very fond farewell. For 70mm aficionados, "Lawrence of Arabia", regarded by many as the greatest film ever made, was a true triumph of the art and science of cinema. "Doctor Zhivago", was a rôle which made him the brightest star in the film firmament, adored and idolised by millions. He left this world, like his great Zhivago, after a fatal heart attack.
Spaghetti Western in Super Technirama 70 By Gerhard Schwach Some years ago I recorded a Spaghetti Western from 1967 which was shot in Super Technirama 70! The German Title was „Tal der Hoffnung“, the italian one „Clint il Solitario“ but I have doubts that it was ever shown in Germany or Austria in cinemas.
T-Kiptagon Für 70mm Breitfilm By ISCO, Göttingen Für den 70mm Breitfilm kommen große Bildwände in Betracht, die auch möglichst voll ausgenutzt werden sollen. Dabei treten hinsichtlich der Brennweitenfestlegung Schwierigkeiten auf. Hier hilft das T-Kiptagon, bei dem die Möglichkeit besteht, die Brennweiten mit einem entsprechenden Vorsatz zu verändern, und zwar um ca. ± 8 %.
“Inherent Vice,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Press by Warner Brothers “Inherent Vice,” an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s seventh and funniest novel, is the seventh film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson—and the very first film adaptation ever of Pynchon’s legendarily inventive, culturally kaleidoscopic work. A surf noir, the story dives headlong into the smoky haze and neon afterglow of the American counterculture via a psychedelic spin on the classic detective yarn.
“Interstellar” directed by Christopher Nolan Press by Warner Brothers Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in “Interstellar.” With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Panavision and the Resurrecting of Dinosaur Technology By Tyler Purcell After seeing the 70mm test footage, there was a rousing applause. The next thing we saw was a DCP version of the material and it really shows how proper film projection truly trumps digital. The blacks were mushy and undefined, the highlights were clearly peaking and the whole image looked flat. All of that beautiful depth seen in the film projection was lost. We sadly realized this format, developed in the 50's, is still better then all the money we've thrown at conventional digital projection.
June 1990, Restored "Lawrence of Arabia" premieres in Copenhagen, Denmark By Thomas Hauerslev The restored "Lawrence of Arabia" opened in 70mm and six-track Dolby Stereo SR at the prestigious Imperial Bio, 31. May. Much to the surprise of everyone - not least the distribution company, "Lawrence" played extremely well for 4 weeks. There were two shows a day, for a price of DKK 40/45 pr. ticket. The gross was DKK 853.000 in 29 days and 58 performances.
The Weistein Company has started to calculate the number of 70mm prints needed in Europe for "Hateful Eight". They will supply DTS readers and anamorphic projection lenses if a theatre don't already have it.
11. Todd-AO 70mm-Festival 2015 KARLSRUHE, May 2015 / in70mm.com news. We have launched the 11th instalment of the “Todd-AO 70mm Festival“ to be held from 9 - 11 October 2015 at the Schauburg Cinerama in Karlsruhe, Germany. For three days in October Filmtheater Schauburg celebrates the world of LARGE FORMAT film, by offering a series of epic films in 70mm - the HD of film formats.
We feel our 2015 program has it all: Space adventures, Musical, Drama, War, Nazis, Religion, Music, Songs, Mystery, Cars, Chases, Panzer, Adventure, Revenge and true love. Bring your family, your children, your grand mother to see the films again in a big cinema.
One of very few original cinemas, still equipped with 70mm projectors. The huge screen is 18 meters wide, curved and covered by a "Cinerama red" curtain. It’s the perfect framework to present 70mm in the splendour of 6-track magnetic sound. For 2015, a brand new Harkness screen will be installed prior to the festival. No expenses are spared to give you the very best experience.
The Greatest Show in Todd-AO: Mission Report from Karlsruhe By Thomas Hauerslev The Todd-AO Festival at the Schauburg is not only pretzel, sekt, schnitzel and Hoepfner's hefewize, it is indeed about going to the movies in style. An experience all by itself. Seeing the films at the Schauburg like seeing the films as they were originally presented - in a big cinema, on a a huge curved screen with red curtains and a Gong. It's all about showmanship and presentation, and very few cinemas do it better than the staff of the Schauburg.
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For 7 years, when the magazine was produced regularly, it was edited and published in Copenhagen. The magazine was never a commercial venture - nor was it intended to be. It had a lot of fans and the number of subscribers climaxed in 2000. The last issue was published in the fall of 2001. Special edition issues 68, 69 & 70 have been made for the Widescreen Weekend.
Introduction to Projection and Wide Film (1895-1930) By Rick Mitchell (posthumously) It is the intention of this book to deal with the subject of “Wide Screen“ as it relates to the mainstream theatrical motion picture industry and its history, with reference, where appropriate, to its effect upon such related areas as documentary, industrial, and non-theatrical production and exhibition. Notable techniques and processes, the events and situations within the industry which precipitated their introduction, and the subsequent loss of popularity of some them will be covered mostly in chronological order as new developments were generally founded upon, or a reaction to, a previous one.
Todd-AO Birth date By Brian O'Brien On October 15th, 1952 I received a phone call from a Michael Todd in New York City, who wished to come to see me at Rochester that evening. I had never heard of Todd, but it seems that he is a well-known Broadway producer.
How to Create the Best experience in the Cinema By Thomas Hauerslev Films like "Titanic" and "Braveheart" should have been shot in 65mm simply because they are "big" movies. But shooting in 65mm doesn't need to be limited to the obvious mega productions. Small independent movies would benefit enormously with the sharper picture. I'd enjoy seeing films like "Enemy of the State", "As Good As It Gets" and "You've Got Mail" and many more, shot on 65mm stock and presented in 70mm. I and most of our readership would certainly seek out cinemas presenting films in 70mm.
70mm Presentations - Letters from Directors By Paul Rayton Back in the heydays of 70mm exhibition of movies, it was not uncommon for a projectionist to open a shipping case of a 70mm title and find a "personal" letter from someone associated with the film. Typically it would be signed by the Director, or the Producer. Subjects addressed would be things like the illumination level on screen, and the audio playback level. Apparently many cinemas typically ran sound a bit too low. These messages were typically reminding us projectionists to run the sound at the "Dolby Standard" of a fader setting of "7".
• Sales Manual For Louis De Rochemont's Windjammer By The Cinemiracle Process • Visit to La Geode, Paris By Thomas Hauerslev • Visit to Futuroscope, Poitiers By Thomas Hauerslev • Visit to Kinepolis, Bruxelles By Thomas Hauerslev • Remastering The Best of Cinerama By Dave Strohmaier • Brian O'Brien, Jr.'s Todd-AO Scrapbook Coming soon • Vintage articles about Todd-AO, Showscan, Panavision & Dolby • "The Golden Head" By Gerhard Witte • George Florence and The Astor By Eric White