Widescreen Weekend 2006
Come and see
Cinerama and 70mm in all its splendour
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Thomas Hauerslev, and many more
6. May 2006
For the 11th consecutive year
I went to Bradford in England, to take part in "The Widescreen
Weekend". And as usual it is a busy weekend, seeing films and meeting
the people which I have come to know from year to year since 1996. It's
like a big family meting as many of the visitors have also returned every
year in March to experience what cinemas used to be like. For me I can
only imagine what it was like, as I was born in 1963, and never
experienced it. But many "widescreeners", as the guests
affectionally are know, were there when it happened and many saw the 70mm
films when they were originally released.
In 1996, Bill Lawrence (Head of film at the museum) invited me to come to
Bradford in my capacity of editor of "The 70mm Newsletter". Over
the years I have become more and more involved it the activities and the
past two years I can proudly say, that I have been responsible for the
program planning. That means, coming up with a general outline of films to
show depending on availability and economy. And I'm still learning from
Bill I'm proud to say. He is a great inspiration and has a excellent sense
of how to formulate which films go into the evening and in the
Bill has also "promoted" me to become a honorary staff member of
the Museum, which means I don't get paid for the work I do. A great honor
which I enjoy of course.
In 2005, many people came up to me and acknowledged how happy they were to
see all those Todd-AO titles in one weekend, and how hard they they
thought it would be to top that program for 2006. They were right, and I
decided to deliberately downplay 2006 and mainly play films which had not
been show previously in Bradford. A "what haven't we show yet"
approach, or let's "clean up the basement". I'd also focus on UK
70mm prints to save some transportation costs.
Unlike 2005, when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Todd-AO
process by playing plenty of Todd-AO films, we only had a few titles to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of Technirama in 2006. One particular
title I looked forward to show was "The Golden Head" -
almost not seen anywhere since 1965 and supposed to be superiorly bad.
in 70mm reading:
Widescreen Weekend 2006
• WSW Home
• Through the Years
• The Best of WSW
Academy of the WSW
Creating the WSW
Planning the WSW
My first attempt at coming up with a program failed completely, as my main
source of prints turned out to be inaccurate. OK, no problem, Bill and I
reshuffled the titles which we knew we had, and discussed the available
show times. I also wanted to show 3-strip in the late afternoon to please
fans of Cinerama and give non-Cinerama fans a break.
Regularly, fans of the Widescreen Weekend approaches Bill and myself with
suggestions for titles. We discuss ideas and try to include whatever is
available. As much as we want to show rarely seen titles, it always comes
down to one simple thing - where can we find a print?
We have an excellent working relationship with the big movie companies and
distributors. They are all very supportive and willingly give us the
prints we would like to show, provided they are available. Some prints are
archive prints in museums and some prints are still in circulation - and
usually just collecting dust and slowly fading. Finally there is a group
of "private" prints sitting in basements with collectors. We can
usually borrow the prints - and of course pay the movie companies their
fees - keeping everyone happy.
In some rare cases we are approached by movie enthusiasts who have
interesting prints - but no projectors. Unfortunately they will not share
the prints and have them shown
professionally. They "dream up" a set of conditions which in
reality makes it impossible for us to show the films. I have wasted a lot
time on a couple of occasions. It's a big mystery to me - why collect 70mm
and 3-strip films and not
Films are useless unless they are shown to people.
That is what they are called "MOVIES" - as they move. Films
stored in cans in basements and vaults are just worthless plastic. People want movies - free
the films - get them out of the cans!!
Sometimes nice rumors are brought to our attention about long lost film
titles in fantastic and fabulous film formats. Like last summer when I was
told there might be a complete 3-strip print of "Brothers
Grimm" stored with a private person in England. Never shown,
Technicolor and in pristine condition. I contacted a few people in the 70mm/Cinerama
"rumor mill" to search for it. Have to admit it did sound too
good - and until now, nothing - but I assure you my source is very
reliable. Hope is not lost and it was worth pursuing, as "Grimm"
has been on our wish list for many years.
If you are aware of 70mm and Cinerama prints waiting to be shown, please
contact The Editor.
All in all, the final 2006 program was edited in late December with a fine
tuning in late January. And in the end, we had films photographed in
Todd-AO, IMAX, Super Technirama 70, Cinerama, Ultra Panavision 70, MCS-70
Superpanorama, Cinemiracle, Technirama, Dimension 150, Panavision Super
70, Panavision 70 - what a bouquet?
And where to see all this?
ONLY ONCE A YEAR @ the
cinema, Bradford, England.
The weekette festival starts on a Thursday and continues throughout the
weekend, and ends with a final performance on Monday morning. Tickets are
sold for individual shows and as a weekend package. The package includes
free access to all films at the museum, lectures, the VIP reception and
IMAX films. Tickets can be booked and bought in advance by contacting the
Pictureville Cinema. Bradford hotels usually have special weekend rates -
please remember to ask for the special weekend price when you book your
hotel for 2007 (once the programming is published).
Travelling to Bradford
always sent out e-mails to people in Denmark about what is going on in
Bradford. Unfortunately, not many are interested in 70mm and only very few
have found their way to the festival over the years. I was very pleased to
learn that Jan Niebuhr
and Rikard Købke and his dad Niels, decided to go to Bradford this time. And
even more surprised to meet Morten Jacobsen in Bradford. Five Danes during
one weekend - a new record.
We flew out of Kastrup airport 8:15 (Gate A12) and arrived safely in Manchester 100
minutes later. It was an economy flight, which means no food unless you
want to pay for a meal. Actually we didn't depart until 9:00 because the SAS
plane could not open the door. It was raining slightly upon our arrival, but
we soon found the train and bought the return fare for GBP 18.50. It's very convenient and the the train from Manchester
takes about two hours to get to Bradford Interchange. We changed trains in
Huddersfield and went via Halifax. In Bradford it is a short walk across
the city to the Midland hotel only find my room wasn't ready yet. Jan
took my suitcase into his room and we went straight to the Pictureville to
see "Krakatoa, East of Java".
2006 Festival Hotel Rates:
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Who was there? (Seats in brackets)
If you do not wish to be mentioned her, please let
Mr R Andren D18
Mr D Bridgewater H19
Mrs P Bridgewater H18
Mark Br own F17
Margo Brown F18
Bonnie Brown F19
Blair Brown F20
Mr Jeremy Buck
Mr Brian Peters
Mr F Carrin M15
Mr T Cartwright
Mr N Robbins
Mr T Chapman
Mr C E Christemsen
Mr Malcolm Clarke F14
Mr Andrew King F15
Mr J A Crisp
Mr I Garvock D19
Wolfram Hanneman H13
Volker Hanneman H14
Uwe Derksen H13 Morten Jacobsen E10
Mr J Jensen H21
Mr R Jensen H20
Mr M Jacobsen E10
Mr J Hayes B13
Mr B Hempstead H22
Mr T Ladlow G17
Ramon Lamarca E15
Avni Lamarca E16
Mr P Lamb E16
Mr T Later L6
Mr R Letterborn
Mr Sten Johannsson
Mrs Laila Johansson
Mr S Lewis G16
Mr K Lumley H16
Mrs Lumley H17
Mr M Lipniacki G13
Mrs M Weedon-Wright G14
Mr D McAllister
Mrs A O’Brien A10
Mr A Olsson E14
Mrs Solveig Olsson E13 Mr P Phillips C13
Mr P D Robinson M12
Mr D Robinson M13
Mr Johnson M14
Mr C Scherer
Mr G Sinclair B16
Mr Tony Sloman
Mr K Swadkins
Mrs B Swadkins
Mr H Taylor E9
Mr M Taylor B12
Mr D Tether F16
Mr H Taylor E9
Mr G Thompson A12
Mr M Trompeteler F9
Mr Gordon Urquhart A13
Miss S Van Der Linden
Mr P Denham
Mr T Vincent E18
Mr G Thompson A12
Mr M Trompeteler F9
Mr B Wall G11
Mr B Axelsson G12
Mr J Wallace H8
Mr D Watson D12
Mrs C Watson D13
Mrs Greenfield D14
Mr McWilliams D15
Mr B Welford L21
Mr Eric Wite F12 Mr Wayne Brown F13
Mr B Axelsson G12
Mr Gerhard Witte E19
Mr B Axelsson G12
Mr M Zlobinski F10
Juergen Poerschke F11
Thursday 9. March 2006
10:30 – 12:41
and again 14:00 - 16:11 (changed 5. March from 16:30)
“Krakatoa: East of Java”
on the curve in 70mm Todd-AO/Super Cinerama with 6-track magnetic stereo.
(2:11) Print: NMPFT
A faded 70mm p projected flawlessly. A few splices in the print and
perfect sharpness on the curve. Good sound. Head of film, Mr. Bill
Lawrence introduced the Widescreen Weekend and said hello to all the
friends. Intermission 15:15.
When "Krakatoa" finished we walked back to the hotel. On
our way Jan and I managed to buy some DVD´s. I bought "Ryan's
Daughter" - another timeless classic for the collection.
Jan, Rikart, Niels and myself had dinner at the hotel. I had the mushrooms and
large Fosters and a British ale - very good and outstanding service.
20:00 – 22:21
(changed 5. March from 20:15) “Batman Begins:
The IMAX Experience” in 70mm IMAX with 6 track digital stereo (2:21)
Print: NMPFT. I was curious to see my first regular film, blown up to IMAX.
I did see "Special Effects" some years ago here in
Copenhagen, but have never seen a complete film. My first impression was,
it was very good. The print, projection and sound was exceptional. Rock
steady images and a very transparent sound. It was loud - which I like.
The colors were rich, great, very bright and very sharp. Not sharp as in
65mm, but still very good - MUCH better than regular 35mm anamorphic film.
I found it a challenge to follow the action, especially the fight scenes.
It was so large and edited so fast, that most of the fight sequences was
lost on me. The relationship between a very large screen and fast editing
and a close viewing distance is very close. The closer I sit to the
screen, the less I will understand, if the editing is too fast and I am
too tired. Did I say the film was "letterboxed" inside the IMAX
frame - well it was.
I must admit that I was very tired and nodded off from time to time. I
guess the film wasn't too involving for me. Besides, the seats in the IMAX
cinema are NOT designed for a 2½ hour film. Way too uncomfortable - and
the distance to the next row is too short unless you are a dwarf.
Friday 10. March 2006
10:00 – 12:23 + intermission “Custer of the West” on the curve in
70mm Super Technirama 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo
(2:23) (1967, ABC/Cinerama) Print: NMPFT
13:30 - 16:12 +
intermission “How the West Was Won” on the curve in 3-strip Cinerama
with 7-track magnetic stereo (2:42) Print: NMPFT
16:45 Widescreen Welcome - Reception - drinks for the weekend delegates –
18:15 Tony Cutts 50th Anniversary as projectionist Moderator: Bill Lawrence
19:30 – 22:38 + intermission
“The Fall of the Roman Empire” on the curve in 70mm Ultra Panavision
70 with 6-track magnetic stereo (3:08) Print: NFT
Saturday 11. March 2006
10:00 – 11:42 + 10 min short. "The Golden Head" on the
curve in 70mm Super Technirama 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo (1:42)
Print from Pacific Theatres, USA
”Fortress of Peace” in 70mm MCS-70 Superpanorama with 6-track
magnetic stereo. Print from Bob Gaffney / Ron Muki, USA
We ran GOLDEN HEAD last Wednesday. It is very good physical shape, much
better than HOLIDAY IN SPAIN. It is badly faded, mostly red with some yellow
and an occasional green. It has an overture, intermission card and music,
call back music, no THE END title, just fade out and walk out music. Did not
play FORTRESS OF PEACE.
John Sittig, Pacific Theatres, Los Angeles
Re your enquiries about the above film, I can confirm that it was coupled
with THE GOLDEN HEAD at the Royalty, London, in 1965 (showing from 8.4.65 to
2.6.65 inclusive). It also played with HOLIDAY IN SPAIN (the deodorised
re-edit of SCENT OF MYSTERY) at the Coliseum in early 1966 (27.2.66 to
6.4.66). The following comments are taken from FILMS AND FILMING for June
1965 (pp. 31-32), from a review of THE GOLDEN HEAD by Robin Bean:
"Showing with the film in London is FORTRESS OF PEACE, a short which
utilises the visual effect of Cinerama very well. Directed by John Ferno, it
shows the Swiss army on military manoeuvres. The aerial shots of the Alps
are beautiful, as in a strange way are those of the troops crossing the
mountains in full pack. The mock battle scenes too are well shot: tanks
smashing through the woods, flame thrower fired at the camera, a row of
trees being felled by dynamite to block a road. In one shot the entire
screen seems to disintegrate, as a cliff face is blasted."
As a matter of interest, THE GOLDEN HEAD is described as "a pathetic attempt
at the first story film [sic] in one lense [sic] Cinerama."
Do you or any of your readers know how widely the latter, or any of the
other 70mm films released by Cinerama in this period (LA FAYETTE, [THE STORY
OF] THE FLAMING YEARS, THE BLACK TULIP, HOLIDAY IN SPAIN), were shown in the
UK outside of London or in other countries? The only one I've seen (panned
and scanned on TV) is THE BLACK TULIP. I note from your own list that
FLAMING YEARS was shown at Atlantic Todd Teater in Denmark in 1963.
12:00 – 14:07 +
intermission “Windjammer” on the curve in 3-strip Cinemiracle with
7-track magnetic stereo (2:07) Print: NMPFT
15:00 – 17:18 +
intermission “Zulu” on the flat screen in 35mm Technirama. (2:18)
17:30 “Zulu” cast and crew Moderator: Sheldon Hall
19:30 – 22:21 +
intermission "South Pacific"
on the curve in 70mm Todd-AO with 6-track digital DTS sound (2:51). New
print. Print from Fox Library Services, Los Angeles
"The March of Todd-AO" on the curve in 70mm Todd-AO with 6-track
digital DTS sound. New print. Print from the Academy of Motion pictures,
Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles.
I saw "South Pacific" last Monday night in D-Cinema in Hollywood. It
was 2K digital transferred from 4K. I must say in all objectivity it was
superb! I now believe D-cinema is close to replacing film.
Dick Vetter is a very special friend of the NMPFT. In close corporation with
Pictureville projection staff, he personally supervised and assisted with
the D-150 lens installation in 1999. To assure a perfect 70mm image across
the Cinerama curve he requested very specific measurements of the screen
size, chord, depth, height, aperture size and projection distance. Duncan
and Tony worked very hard to get the measurements right - down to the inch.
We are very happy to welcome Dick Vetter to Bradford.
Richard Vetter Passed Away
Sunday 12. March 2006
10:00 – 12:00 Cineramacana including "Stuyvesant", ”Motion” + the odd surprise.
Audience on stage and Academy of the
Photo credit: park archives
"The Great American Thrill Show", presented by Coca-Cola, was
installed in 1978 and featured a special 180 degree spherical filming
technique that put the viewer in the middle of the action. Films included
being aboard stunt planes, helicopters, roller coasters, hang gliders and
race cars. The attraction remained a fixture on the midway until the end of
the 1993 season.
Cineramacana running order
The "menu" of
Speakers only ”Oh Todd-AO” Mp3 file + slides with lyrics on screen. “The Todd-AO song”, from
the album of stage
show, "Forbidden Hollywood" 2:28
The Plymouth Story by David Jones
A video film made for audiences at the new Drake Cinema Plymouth. Followed by
3 mins of silent footage of the staff and the technical equipment. 12mins
Chris O’Kane –VistaMorph update? Power Point 5 minutes
70mm quiz 70mm David Jones 2 min
70mm line up film for “Gone With The Wind” 70mm Adrian Raistrick approx 5
"Stuyvesant" 65mm/70mm film cigarette commercial 70mm From Herbert Born 5
70mm footage Keith Eisberg (camera man) – new 65mm footage from shelved
project (Paul Rayton) 6 minutes
70mm trailer promoting Schauburg cinema's 100th anniversary
A scene from "El Cid" from the reel 1, when Charlton Heston decides to let the
second clip is from "Greatest Story Ever Told", reel 1B, when the Jewish kids
are murdered, very, very beautiful pictures and looks much sharper than "El
last clip will be from "King Of Kings" 10 min
“The Great American Thrill Show” Cinema 180 from Adrian Raistrick,
approx 10 mins
“Motion” - 1967 World Fair Film 70mm by Bob Gaffney 15 min
“The Miracle of Todd-AO” 70mm DTS + 30 frames per second New restored print
12 min. New print. Print from the Academy of Motion pictures, Arts and
Sciences, Los Angeles.
“Far and Away” – “this is our movie” trailer Dion Hanson
This time on the curve – before the film in the evening on the flat screen.
Cinerama curve - non film events
Academy of the Wide Screen Weekend - Presenter Chairman Thomas Hauerslev 10
Projectionist appreciation + enthusiastic applause from the audience. -
Presenter Bill Lawrence 5 minutes
Audience on Stage Full house lights and light on screen Paul directing the
troops, Thomas runs on stage and takes picture 10 minutes
Academy of the Widecreen Weekend
The past winners are:
Paul H. Rayton
2004 - Anthony B. Sloman
2003 - Keith Swadkins
2002 - Willem Bouwmeester
2001 - Thomas Hauerslev (Chairman)
2000 - John Belton
1999 - Howard Rust
13:00 – 15:54 + intermission “The Bible...in the beginning”
on the curve in 70mm Dimension 150 with 6-track magnetic stereo (2:54)
17:00 – 18:55 +
intermission “This is Cinerama” on the curve in 3-strip Cinerama with
7-track magnetic stereo (1:55) Print: NMPFT
65mm origination can be used for several release platforms.
Just letting you know that I've emailed Bill Lawrence at Bradford re. the
possibility of having a small meeting on the 65mm / 70mm project on the
Sunday; Ramon has suggested it could be during "This Is Cinemara" or during
"Cineramacana". However in view of the tight timings of pieces in
"Cineramacana" I felt that using the time that "This is Cinemarama" is on
would be better.
The idea is that the "diehards" will all have seen "This Is Cinemarama" many
times over, so that they may be willing to forego some of this to contribute
to a meeting. In fact it could be pitched as a Workshop rather than a
meeting. I think "Meetings" are quite passive events.
If you have anything to contribute on this, please feel free to respond.
will explain more about the Workshop - I will bring large sheets of
paper plus pens and marker pens. These I have from a recent workshop I did
here with some local people on community issues (which was very
successful!). This is to facilitate the creative process. I will also do up
some names for the tables, so people will go to the Technical, Financial or
Marketing one. Of course, many will go to the technical, which is just what
we want, considering the size of the task there. I will also draft posters
and talk to Ramon on this, because he will be there in good time.
Thank you for your email. Nice to hear from you! I would be very interested
indeed. I am moving homes now and I am rather busy but I will try to do it
this weekend. As you point out there is no conclusion yet, this is a work in
progress. As you know, an individual or a small group of individuals will
not bring back 70mm. But if we use all the films enthusiasts, among all of
us perhaps we can manage to bring all the parts together. I think this is
the main aim, do the research and bring all parts interested together. As
you can see from one of my posts, I think you are a paramount individual to
bring 70mm back. It is a very difficult task and I hope you do not think
that 70mm is only history. There might be a future for 70mm. I will ask
Brian Guckian, who has also posted on the film-tech to give me a hand with
the white paper. He has got plenty of ideas. Obviously the international
crowd who attends Bradford can help a lot. I honestly think that cinema has
to use a language that it is as unique as possible to get customers (this
applies to all business) and 65/70 with the Todd-AO immersive approach is
the best way forward.
20:00 – 22:20 “Far and Away”
+ “Far and Away” trailer "This is our movie" on the flat
screen in 70mm Panavision Super 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo (2:20) Dolby
43 'SR' Print: DeLuxe
Monday 13. March 2006
10:30 – 13:47 + intermission “Doctor Zhivago” on the flat screen,
filmed in 35mm Panavision and presented in 70mm with 6-track magnetic stereo
(3:19) Print: NMPFT
"Krakatoa: East of Java"
"Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience"
"Custer of the West"
"The Fall of the Roman Empire"
"The Golden Head"
”Fortress of Peace”
"The March of Todd-AO"
"The Miracle of Todd-AO"
"The Bible...in the beginning"
"Far and Away"
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