"The New World" in 65mm - no 70mm
Rumour mill, gossip and perhaps a few facts
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Thomas Hauerslev
10 December 2005
Last year it was bruited about that Terence Malick was shooting his new film
wholly or partially in 65mm and distributor New Line Cinema was checking
into whether there were enough theaters to do a limited 70mm release.
Although "The New World" is opening next month (25 December 2005), I've heard nothing about
65/70mm in relation to it. Is there a story here?
According to the cinematographer, Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, he and
Malick briefly toyed with the idea of shooting the film in 65mm, but
ultimately opted for anamorphic 35. Apparently, they only used 65mm for a
few brief segments.
Here's a preview of a direct quote from Chivo on the matter: "Our initial
dream was to shoot the entire movie in 65mm, but there were so many
barriers", says Lubezki. "The only person who really supported us in that
idea was Vittorio Storaro [ASC, AIC]", who had mixed 65mm and 35mm on Little
Buddha. "I called him to talk it over, and he said, Chivo, don┤t even think
about it. Shoot it all in 65!" But there are big problems with how to
distribute 65 and postproduce sound for it. No one
projects it any more."
The filmmakers did shoot a small amount of 65mm "for what we called
Hyper-enhanced moments" when, for example, John Smith or Pocahontas has an
in 70mm reading:
Now in "Smell-O-Vision"
University of San Diego
Learn about The New World
New Line does its domestic
printing on Fuji stock, which I don't believe makes 70mm.
It looks like Terrence Malick's "The New World" isn't going out with
70mm prints, at least here in L.A. Just plain 35mm and digital sound at the
ArcLight and AMC Century 15 (in underwhelming SDDS). From what I understand,
most of the film was shot in anamorphic, with a scene (or scenes) shot with
John Smith and Pochantas in 65mm. I'm sure most of you have read the most
recent issue of American Cinematographer featuring this film. There are some
*interesting* quotes from the DP regarding 70mm. Too bad 70s weren't struck.
If memory serves, this is the second time Malick has toyed with doing his
film in 70mm. I believe that "The Thin Red Line" was supposedly
considered for 65mm or at the very least, 70mm blow-ups. I don't have the
particular issue of American Cinematographer in front of me to verify.
Bill Kallay, 24. December 2005
- top - back issues
- news index