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Widescreen Weekend 2013
60th Anniversary of CinemaScope, The First New Cinerama Film for 50 Years, & 20th Anniversary of Gettysburg

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: NMM Press Release Date: 28.02.2013
The National Media Museum, Bradford and the 19th Bradford International Film Festival once again play host to Widescreen Weekend (26-28 April), which this year will celebrate the 60th anniversary of CinemaScope. Other highlights include the European Premiere of "In the Picture", the first new Cinerama film made for 50 years, a special 20th anniversary screening of American Civil War classic "Gettysburg", in the 150th anniversary year of the actual battle itself.

“This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of 20th Century Fox’s cinematographic process CinemaScope – which is still around to this day (albeit now as Panavision). We’ll screen CinemaScope classics such as the Marilyn Monroe/Betty Grable musical comedy How To Marry A Millionaire in 35mm, and war epics, The Guns of Navarone in digital 4K and The Longest Day screening from a 70mm print. This allows us to compare the screening experiences of all three technologies in the format everyone came to know quite simply as ‘Scope’.”

“Widescreen Weekend will also showcase the heyday of the Hollywood musical with two glorious 70mm prints of Hello Dolly (1969), and The Sound of Music (1965), which will be screened from the Phillips DP70 projector in the National Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema. This is the Rolls Royce of 70mm film projectors and the only projector ever to have been awarded an Oscar for its design and engineering! “

Cinerama returns with the first three-panel film made in fifty years, In the Picture, directed by Dave Strohmaier and produced by Randy Gitsch who will both be in Bradford to present the European Premiere of their new film. They will also present the newly digitally restored version of Cinerama Holiday (1955), and reveal work in progress on the restoration of the Cinerama feature, Seven Wonders of the World (1956). Plus a rare screening of Technicolor 3-strip print of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), the only surviving 3-strip print of the film known to exist.

Also screening will be Grant Wakefield’s new film Remnants which receives its World Premiere on Saturday 27 April. Set to an original score by veteran Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning, and utilising highly stylised, motion controlled timelapse photography, Remnants captures the essence and austere beauty of Megalithic sites and was shot in 4K resolution over the course of four years throughout the UK and Ireland. It is presented in a pristine 2K widescreen digital print. Grant will be in Bradford to introduce his new film.

Other guests are: author Brian Hannan who has just completed two new Making of… books on The Guns of Navarone and Lawrence of Arabia, and he will be holding a book signing session for both during the weekend, and British educationalist, writer and noted film historian Professor Sir Christopher Frayling returns to launch the weekend with one of his extremely informative and fascinating introductions.

“The Widescreen Weekend is big, grand and all encompassing. It immerses and encapsulates you in a multi-formatted, surround sound extravaganza – an experience you will be hard pushed to find anywhere else on earth!”

Friday 26 April
10:00 The Longest Day (182mins + intermission) Pictureville
2:30 The Great Escape (172mins) Pictureville
7:30 The Sound of Music (174mins + intermission) Pictureville

Saturday 27 April
10:00 Remnants (36mins) Pictureville
11:00 Seven Wonders Presentation + Q&A (45mins) Pictureville
1:30 Cinerama Holiday (129mins + intermission) Pictureville
"In the Picture" + Presentation (90mins) Pictureville
7:45 Hello, Dolly! (148mins + intermission) Pictureville

Sunday 28 April
10:00 Cineramacana (120mins) Pictureville
1:30 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Pictureville
(135mins + intermission)
4:45 How to Marry a Millionaire (95mins) Pictureville
7:00 Book Signing: Brian Hannan Pictureville
7:45 The Guns of Navarone (158mins) Pictureville

Monday 29 April
10:00 Gettysburg Part One (136mins) Pictureville
1:30 Gettysburg Part Two (118mins) Pictureville
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Friday, 26 April 2013

The Longest Day
Friday 26 April Pictureville
Dir. Andrew Marton, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki USA 1962 182mins + intermission (PG) b/w Original format: CinemaScope Projection format: 70mm flat screen
John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Todd, Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger.
Won the Oscar for best Black-and-White Cinematography

A rare 70mm screening of The Longest Day, an epic Hollywood production with an all star cast. The 6 June 1944 is seen from several viewpoints - British, American and French - as the events of the Normandy landings unfold. Beautifully shot in black and white CinemaScope, The Longest Day was awarded the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 1962, but was up against Lawrence of Arabia for Best Film. "Lawrence" won the award for Color (back when separate Oscars were awarded).

The film will be introduced by Bill Lawrence, Widescreen Weekend Programmer

The Great Escape
Friday 26 April Pictureville
Dir. John Sturges USA 1963 172 mins (PG) Original format: Panavision Projection format: 4K digital flat screen
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough.

Shot in anamorphic Panavision, this should have been a 70 mm production, but now we are able to screen a 4K version that will show it at its brilliant best.. An all star cast creates magic with action director Sturges at the helm and, of course, Steve McQueen at his most glorious, with motorbike and classic stunts.

The film will be introduced by Cinema Metro editors-in-chief Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall

The Sound of Music
Friday 26 April Pictureville
Dir. Robert Wise USA 1965 174 mins + intermission (U) Original format: Todd-AO Projection format: 70mm curved screen
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker.

The most popular musical ever made? Certainly, The Sound of Music is second only to Gone with the Wind as the most seen movie, and it was released nearly 30 years later. In the year of its release it was a phenomenon, running continuously in some cinemas for over a year.

The film will be introduced by film critic Wolfram Hannemann

Saturday, 27 April 2013

World Premiere
Saturday 27 April Pictureville
Dir. Grant Wakefield UK 2013 36 mins (U) 2K Digital flat screen

Utilising highly stylized, motion controlled timelapse photography, Remnants captures the essence and austere beauty of amazing 'Megalithic' constructions, suggests and reveals their purposes, and poses a question to our current culture. Shot in 4K resolution over the course of four years throughout the UK and Ireland, Remnants is set to an original score by veteran Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning and presented in a pristine 2K widescreen digital print.

The film will be introduced by the director, Grant Wakefield.

Digital Restoration Presentation + Q & A
Seven Wonders of the World
Saturday 27 April Pictureville
Presented by Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch USA 45 mins (U)

Returning Widescreen Weekend guests Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch preview on the curved screen some finished sequences from their ongoing digital restoration work taking place on Seven Wonders of the World (Cinerama -1956). Starting with the story behind the film’s halting production, its marketing and public reception, the guys will reveal some new restoration techniques being developed and implemented on the picture’s severely damaged original negative, so far the most challenging of all five of their re-mastered Cinerama/Cinemiracle efforts to date

Q & A with Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch will follow the presentation.

Cinerama Holiday
European Premiere of 2012 Digital Re-Master
Saturday 27 April Pictureville
Dir. Robert L Bendick, Phillipe De Lacy USA 1955 129 mins + intermission (U) Original format: 3-strip Cinerama Projection format: 2K Digital curved screen
John Marsh, Betty Marsh, Fred Troller, Beatrice Troller.

Cinerama Holiday, second of the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues, crisscrosses two travel adventures of the “Cinerama camera accompanied” whirlwind vacations of two real-life, married couples. Fred and Beatrice Troller from Zurich, begin their panoramic tour of America, driving a scooter into Las Vegas and catching a casino floorshow. Meanwhile, John and Betty Marsh leave their Kansas City home for a flight to Switzerland where John gets to ride a speeding bobsled, just one of the film’s visually immersive “thrill” sequences, accentuated by the three-camera/curved-view format. Newly digitally remastered from its original camera negatives, Cinerama Holiday again shines bright, a panorama that is breathtakingly colourful and sparklingly clear to hear.

The film will be introduced by Randy Gitsch, film archivist/producer.

In The Picture + Presentation
European Premiere
Saturday 27 April Pictureville
Dir. David Strohmaier USA 2012 30 mins (U) 3-Strip Cinerama curved screen
Stanley Livingstone, Paula Drake, Elizabeth Dominguez.

Taking its inspiration from Cinerama Holiday, a young couple visiting from out-of-town is led on a guided tour of Los Angeles and its environs, by a familiar resident and self-confessed child actor (Stanley Livingston) and his wife (Paula Drake), all captured by the panoramic, triple-lensed Cinerama camera.

Some popular and some not so well known sights of the city shine in this urban travelogue lark, including the Griffith Observatory, Angel’s Flight funicular railway and a sailboat cruise from San Pedro, culminating in the evening’s highlight, a visit to the landmark Cinerama Dome theatre in Hollywood where the tour leader meets his one-time co-star, Debbie Reynolds. This is the first film shot in the 3-panel Cinerama system in 50 years


The Last Days of Cinerama
European Premiere
Produced, edited and directed by Mike Celestino and Robert Garren
USA 2012 25 mins (U) Original format: HD Video Projection format: Blu-Ray
Matt Brewbaker, Lance Fisher ASC, Douglas H. Knapp.

An affectionate look at the making of In The Picture detailing the making of the first 3-strip Cinerama film in 50 years.

Hello Dolly!
Sunday 29 April Pictureville
Dir. Gene Kelly USA 1969 148 mins + intermission (U) Original format: Todd-AO Projection format: 70mm curved screen
Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong.

The last Todd-AO musical with set pieces that hark back to the golden years of the musical, no surprise given Gene Kelly at the helm, and a collection of award-winning songs, this is the last great musical. Beautiful 65mm photography from veteran Harry Stradling.

This film will be introduced by film critic Wolfram Hannemann

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The programme of this year's Cineramacana event. To everyone's amazement it actually finished on time.

On the flat screen:
Oscar Night for Cinerama and Cinemascope.
B/W Trailer for How to Marry a Millionaire.
Marilyn Monroe's first TV appearance on the Jack Benny show.
A tribute to director and producer Tony Scott, 1944 - 2012.
Robocop in 60 seconds by Michael Hall.
A two minute clip about the Philips DP70 projector.
The Miracle of Stereophonic Sound, a clip from The Black Shield of Falworth, and Hunters of the Sea. All three in 35mm Cinemascope with magnetic stereo sound.
Vesuvius Express, a short Cinemascope travelogue produced and directed by Otto Lang.
A tribute to the recently deceased, compiled by projectionists Symon and Duncan.
A short film about what a projectionist does.
35mm showreel, a DTS demonstration with "Bill and Buzz".
You Only Live Twice in 60 seconds by Charlie Hall.
A clip from Tomorrow Never Dies in 70mm.
On the curved screen:
A 3D high frame rate demonstration of a helicopter flight.
The Cinerama Renault Dauphine commercial in a digitally restored version.
Induction of Johan Wolthuis into the Academy of the Widescreen Weekend.
Audience on stage photograph.

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Sunday 29 April Pictureville
Dirs. George Pal, Henry Levin USA 1962 135 mins plus intermission (U) 3-strip Cinerama curved screen
Laurence Harvey, Karl Boehm, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, Buddy Hackett.

Returning for a second Cinerama outing after receiving multiple plaudits last year – this is a great way to showcase the world’s first commercially viable wide screen system. Experience the grandeur, majesty and pure fantasy of the Brothers Grimm and their tales in the world’s only known, surviving 3-panel print. Following his work on The Time Machine and Tom Thumb, director George Pal brings magic to the fairy tale sequences. An original 50 year old print which still looks glorious and has maintained its beautiful Technicolor status.

The film will be introduced by Duncan McGregor, Widescreen Weekend Programmer

How to Marry a Millionaire
Sunday 29 April Pictureville
Dir. Jean Negulesco USA 1953 95 mins (U) Original Format: CinemaScope Projection format: 35mm flat screen
Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall.

How to Marry a Millionaire was produced at the same time as The Robe and was actually released in the UK first, being the first CinemaScope film to be seen in Britain. For the festival we are delighted to be able to present a new 35mm print from a 4k master. This great comedy centres on three New York models living in an exclusive apartment. Frustrated with dates with low-income men, they set out to fine millionaires who will treat them with the generosity and luxury they deserve.

The film will be introduced by Tony Sloman who had first-hand experience of working with director Jean Negulesco.

The Guns of Navarone
Sunday 29 April Pictureville
Dir. J Lee Thompson GB/USA 1961 158 mins (PG) Original format: CinemaScope Projection format: 4K digital flat screen
Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Irene Papas.

American blacklisted screenwriter, Carl Foreman, found his way to the UK to escape the hearings and find work. He quickly started work writing and producing some epic films, not least of which is this fictional World War II adventure. The antiwar message is Foreman’s drive in this classic adventure that gave David Niven one of his finest roles. It will never look better than in this 4k digital restoration.

The film will be introduced by author Brian Hannan who has just written the e-book The Making of the Guns of Navarone.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Sunday 29 April Pictureville
Dir. Ronald F Maxwell USA 1993 Part 1: 136 mins Part 2: 118 mins (PG) Original format: 35mm 1:85:1 Projection format: 70mm flat screen
Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels.

Screening twenty years after the film’s initial release and the 150th anniversary of the actual struggle, this is a rare outing for this extraordinary Turner production. Released in 70 mm, this is an original UK print. The greatest and most bloody battle of the American Civil War is captured magnificently in Ronald Maxwell's epic film. With great performances from a largely unrecognisable bearded cast, the large screen 70 mm images give an overwhelming sense of history unfolding, dividing families as well as a country.

The film will be introduced by author and film historian Sheldon Hall
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