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Widescreen Weekend 2014
Pictureville, Bradford, England

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: NMM Press Release, Sarah Jarvis Date: 02.09.2013 + 13.04.2014
Dear All

I hope this finds you well and you are finding time to watch plenty of movies where they deserve to be seen – on the big screen. This is just a quick update to let you know the dates for next year’s Bradford International Film Festival and Widescreen Weekend.

Bradford International Film Festival will take place from 27 March – 6 April followed by Widescreen Weekend from 10 – 13 April 2014. The one change to note here is that Widescreen Weekend commences on Thursday evening (as opposed to Friday) with a double bill and concludes after the last show on Sunday evening, so the Monday slot has now in effect moved to Thursday.

We will be announcing programme information in January 2014 and will be in touch in December to update you and let you know when passes will be on sale. We hope to see you all next year as we celebrate the joys of wide gauge film once again.

Happy cinema going,
The Festival Team
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December 2013 Update

Widescreen Weekend – WSW 2014 (10-13 April) will pay homage to the 60th anniversary of the VistaVision process which was created by engineers at Paramount Pictures in 1954 as a higher resolution widescreen variant of 35mm. Rendered commercially obsolete after only seven years, its heritage is still relevant today as it became a creative testing ground for many high resolution cinematographic ideas which evolved into 70mm formats such as IMAX which are still in use. Other highlights of WSW include: "West Side Story" (70mm with original 6-track mix); "Big Trouble in Little China" (70mm), and European Premieres for new digitally remastered versions of the Cinerama classics "Seven Wonders of the World" and "Search for Paradise".

January 2014 Update

Passes are on sale now

• £99 (Full price adult)
• £79 (Concession)

I have attached a Pictureville Seating Layout and a Booking Form. If you would like to attend this year please fill out the form and send it back to this address. Seats are given on a first come first served basis. More information is available here. The full Weekend programme will be announced on 26th February 2014

Full Program

Weekend 2014 once again celebrates the joys of large format film making in many guises. Cinerama pioneers Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch return to our shores once more and enable us to screen their two final digital remasters of the historic 3-panel travelogues, with Seven Wonders of the World and Search for Paradise – both showing on Pictureville’s deeply curved, louvered Cinerama screen.

VistaVision celebrates its 60th birthday in 2014 and we pay tribute to this widescreen process from Paramount, with a screening of the very first film made in the process White Christmas, showing from a pristine 2K digital print.

Luxurious 70mm film screenings will include The Big Blue (UK theatrical cut), West Side Story  (featuring the original sound mix utilising all five stage channels) and a first Widescreen Weekend viewing of John Carpenter’s fun tribute to the martial arts genre, Big Trouble in Little China.

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling will present an illustrated talk on the widescreen aesthetics of Sergio Leone, with particular emphasis on the Italian ‘Spaghetti’ Western. This will be combined with a 35mm screening of For A Few Dollars More (1965) which features wonderful use of the widescreen Techniscope format and Christopher Frayling will also be signing copies of his recent books including Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death.

WSW 2014 introduces the Student Widescreen Film of the Year, presented in collaboration with the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society.

And it wouldn’t be the Widescreen Weekend without informative introductions, and the ever-popular surprises of Cineramacana. You can also enjoy a 4K digital version of Sidney Pollack’s The Way We Were which features the wonderful partnership of Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand and which received two key Oscar nominations; Streisand (best actress) and Harry Stradling Jr for his sumptuous wide screen cinematography, plus an Oscar win for best score by Marvin Hamlisch.

Thursday 10 April
17:30 White Christmas (120 mins)
20:10 The Big Blue (132 mins) 70MM

Friday 11 April
10:05 Seven Wonders of the World (121 mins + intermission)
13:00 Fortress Of Peace: Digitally Restoring 70mm Prints For The Curved Screen (60 mins)
15:00 Student Widescreen Film of The Year (90 mins)
16:50 Big Trouble in Little China (99 mins) 70MM
18:45 Delegate Reception (75 mins)
20:00 The Way We Were (118 mins)

Saturday 12 April
10:00 Remembering Widescreen (45 mins)
11:15 Searching For Paradise Illustrated Presentation by David Coles (30 mins)
13:00 Search For Paradise (120 mins + intermission)
16:00 The Widescreen Aesthetics of Sergio Leone – Presentation Professor Sir Christopher Frayling + For A Few Dollars More (162 mins)
18:40 Professor Sir Christopher Frayling – Book Signing (60 mins)
19:40 West Side Story (152 mins + intermission) 70MM

Sunday 13 April
10:00 Cineramacana (120 mins)
13:15 City Heat (97 mins) 70MM
15:30 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (137 mins) 70MM
19:00 It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (192 mins + intermission) 70MM

2014 Cineramacana Programme

On the flat screen:
• Two Dolby Atmos trailers: Leaf Trailer + Unfold Trailer
35mm White Christmas trailer.
Gravity in 60 seconds (in DCP) by Michael Hall.
"Grand Prix" trailer
Lotus, computer animation by Glenn Marshall.
I Only Know What I Believe, a timelapse short by Grant Wakefield.
• A tribute to the recently deceased compiled by projectionist Tom Perkins.
• A clip from a 70mm pink print of "The Lion in Winter" with Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.
"Sky over Holland", a short film by John Fernhout. Originally in 70mm, but now digitally restored.
• Song: "The Lusty Month of May", a clip from a pink 70mm print of "Camelot".
• Raffles draw, a giveaway of some copies of the Windjammer soundtrack on CD to randomly selected members of the audience.

On the curved screen:
• The Cinerama Renault Dauphine commercial, this time in a photochemically restored version.
• One reel from a 70mm print of "My Fair Lady", featuring the songs "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Ascot Gavotte".
"How the West Was Won" Cinerama Trailer.

• Johan Wolthuis presents The Golden Elephant Award to David Strohmaier and (absent) Bill Lawrence.
Audience on Stage photograph.
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