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2nd 70mm Festival, Imperial Bio
26 - 30 April 2009 - Copenhagen, Denmark

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 03.11.2008

Festival teaser poster by Teis M. Nielsen

Nordisk Film Biografer, Imperial Bio and in70mm.com are taking great pride in inviting you to experience something completely unique which you cannot get in any other Danish cinema.

It is our pleasure to present some of the finest films produced by Hollywood during the 1980s, and also a pair of true large format 70mm classics. All films are presented in their original 70mm versions, which means LARGE FORMAT and full blown 6-track Dolby Stereo.

The large format classics are presented in brand new 70mm prints and are shown in their original "road-show" version, including overture, intermission music and Entr’acte and 6-track state of the art digital sound.

Because 70mm film is about 3 times the size of ordinary 35mm film, it is incredibly sharp. It has unprecedented image steadiness on the huge curved screen, which means it is almost like looking out of a window to the real world. The image is VERY sharp; contrast and color *) is AMAZING; and the image on the screen is MUCH Brighter. This is really a High-Definition experience.

*) "Poltergeist" and "Fame" are vintage 70mm prints with some color fading present.

Take a seat for 5 days with 70mm film

This is a unique "as it should be" cinema experience at Imperial Bio. Take this opportunity to see how films are presented when the presentation is second to none. Come and enjoy 70mm and 6-track stereophonic sound at Imperial Bio's large curved 120 square meter screen.

Lars Møller (Nordisk Films Biografer) & Thomas Hauerslev (in70mm.com)


Ticket sale from kino.dk has started already and ticket price is:

DKK 85/95/105 kr/ticket for films under 150 minutes. DKK 105/115/125 kr/ticket for films longer than 150 minutes.

All films are in original English version. How to use kino.dk

Imperial Bio 70mm Film Festival 2009

Sunday, 26. April
11:30 "Out of Africa"
15:00 "Hello, Dolly!"
18:30 "The Abyss"
21:30 "Poltergeist"

Monday, 27. April

11:30: "Titanic"
15:30: "Fame"
18:30: "Poltergeist"
21:15: "Fame"

Tuesday, 28. April

11:30: "Poltergeist"
15:30: "Titanic"
19:45: "Out of Africa"

Wednesday, 29. April

11:30: "Hello, Dolly!"
15:00: "The Abyss"
18:30: "Poltergeist"

Thursday, 30. April

11:30: "Patton"
15:30: "Fame"
18:15: "Hello, Dolly!"
21:30: "Patton"
The organisers wish to thank the following individuals and organisations for their help and support.
  • Schaun Belston & Kevin Barret, 20th Century Fox, LA, USA
  • Sue Jones & Andrew Youdell, BFI, London
  • Fox Film Danmark
  • UIP, Danmark
  • Johan Ericsson, Swedish Film Institute
  • Citadel
  • Geraldine Higgins, Hollywood Classics, London
  • Jes Graversen, Miracle Film
Guide to kino.dk
By Søren Søndergaard
The easiest way to get 70mm film tickets in Copenhagen is by telephoning kino.dk or buy online. So here's a guide in English.
More in 70mm reading:

How to use kino.dk
The Making of the Festival

2008 Festival
2008 Festival Gallery
2008 Festival Review

Imperial Bio
Nordisk Film
3 Giant Cinemas
The Ideal Kinema, April 12, 1962

PDF: Download teaserposter as PDF

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"The Abyss" / "Dybet"

“The Abyss” (2:18). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: Panavision Super 35. Presented: the curved screen in 70mm and 6-track Dolby Stereo, format 43. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1989. World premiere: 09.08.1989, Los Angeles, USA. Danish premiere: 14.10.1989, Scala Biograferne.

Written and directed by James Cameron. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Music by Alan Silvestri. Photographed by Mikael Salomon. Edited by Conrad Buff and Joel Goodman

Ed Harris (Virgil 'Bud' Brigman), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Lindsey Brigman), Michael Biehn (Lt. Hiram Coffey. Leo Burmester (Catfish De Vries), Todd Graff (Alan 'Hippy' Carnes), John Bedford Lloyd (Jammer Willis)

20th anniversary performance. Danish 70mm premiere

Academy Award Winner
Best Visual Effects

allmovie.com: The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species. However, in order to make contact, they must not only brave the abyss, an exceedingly deep underwater canyon, but also deal with the violent actions of one of their own crew members, an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer. Approved by director James Cameron, The Abyss: Special Edition is an extended director's cut of the 1989 underwater science fiction epic, reinstating nearly a half hour of footage removed from the original release under studio pressure. Much of the restored footage places the film's events in a grander political context, as the crew's mission becomes a factor in the dangerous escalation of nuclear tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The largest change involves the film's ending, which provides further information on the aliens' mission on Earth, bringing the film to closer to Cameron's intention: a modern remake of Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still.


“Fame” (2:14). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: 1,85:1. Presented: on the curved screen in 70mm with 6-track Dolby Stereo, format 42. Format: 1,85:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1980. World premiere: 16.05.1980, Los Angeles, USA. Danish premiere: 19.09.1980, Tivoli Bio.

Directed by Alan Parker. Written by Christopher Gore. Produced by David De Silva and Alan Marshall. Music by Michael Gore. Photographed by Michael Seresin. Edited by Gerry Hambling

Eddie Barth (Angelo), Irene Cara (Coco), Lee Curreri (Bruno), Laura Dean (Lisa), Gene Anthony Ray (Leroy), Debbie Allen (Lydia)

"If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got.."

Danish 70mm premiere

Academy Award Vinder
Bedste soundtrack
Bedste originale sang "Fame"

allmovie.com: Fame is set at New York's High School of Performing Arts, where talented teens train for show-business careers. The film concentrates on five of the most gifted students: singer Irene Cara, actors Paul McCrane and Barry Miller, dancer Gene Anthony Ray, and musician Lee Currieri. More so than the subsequent TV series Fame, the film emphasizes the importance of keeping up one's academic achievements in this specialized school. The faculty includes no-nonsense English teacher Ann Meara, erudite musical instructor Albert Hague, and martinet dance teacher Debbie Allen. Of the film's cast, Ray, Currieri, Allen and Hague were carried over to the TV version of Fame, which premiered in 1981. The score for the film version of Fame was honored with an Academy Award.

"Hello, Dolly!"

“Hello, Dolly!” (2:26) + intermission. Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: Todd-AO. Presented on: the curved screen in Todd-AO and 6-track DTS digital sound. Format: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1969. World premiere: 16.12.1969, Rivoli, NYC, USA. Danish premiere: 14.04.1970, 3 Falke Bio.

Directed by Gene Kelly. Produced and written by Ernest Lehman. Original Music by Jerry Herman. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.  Film Editing by William Reynolds. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.

Barbra Streisand (Dolly Levi), Walter Matthau (Horace Vandergelder), Michael Crawford (Cornelius Hackl), Marianne McAndrew (Irene Molloy), Danny Lockin (Barnaby Tucker), Fritz Feld (Fritz, German waiter), Louis Armstrong (Louis, Orchestra Leader)

40th anniversary screening

Academy Award Vinder
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)
Best Sound

allmovie.com: Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a "corking good time." But Cornelius and Barnaby can't avoid crossing paths with their boss Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau), who'd give them Holy Ned if he saw them in a fancy restaurant with two fancy girls instead of tending the store. Mr. Vandergelder himself is the object of Dolly's affections, though she pretends to have only a professional interest in the widowed merchant, going through the motions of finding him a new wife when in fact she'd like to be the lucky bride herself. The film's musical set pieces include a show-stopping rendition of the title number, with Louis Armstrong more or less playing himself. The biggest number is "Before the Parade Passes By," in which thousands of costumed marchers and atmosphere extras cavort before a huge replica of a New York City thoroughfare in the 1890s (actually the main entrance of the 20th Century-Fox studio, with period facades adorning the office buildings). An artifact of an era in which Broadway musicals were a significant part of popular culture, Hello Dolly seemed bizarrely irrelevant in the social turmoil of the late 1960s, and it became one of the late-1960s big-budget failures that led Hollywood studios toward a different kind of filmmaking in the 1970s.

"Out of Africa" / "Mit Afrika"

“Out of Africa” (2:40). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: Technovision. Presented: on the curved screenin 70mm with 6-track stereophonic Dolby Stereo, format 42. Format: 1,85:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1985. World premiere: 18.12.1985, Los Angeles, USA. Dansh premiere: 21.02.1986, Imperial Bio.

Produced and directed by
Sydney Pollack. Screenplay by Kurt Luedtke. Music by John Barry. Photographed by David Watkin. Edited by Pembroke Herring, Sheldon Kahn, Fredric Steinkamp and William Steinkamp. Costumes by Milena Canonero

Meryl Streep (Karen Blixen), Robert Redford (Denys Finch Hatton), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Bror Blixen / Hans Blixen), Michael Kitchen (Berkeley Cole), Malick Bowens (Farah), Joseph Thiaka (Kamante)

Images from the Danish 1986 premiere

Academy Award Winner
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Music, Original Score
Best Picture
Best Sound
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin.


“Patton” (2:50) + intermission. Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photogrpahy in: Dimension 150. Presented: on the curved screen in Dimension 150 and 6-track DTS digital sound. Format: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1969. World premiere: 04.02.1970 Criterion, NYC; USA. Danish premiere: 22.04.1970 in 35mm with 4-track magnetic stereo at the Imperial Bio

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Written by Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H. North. Produced by Frank McCarthy. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Photographed by Fred J. Koenekamp. Edited by Hugh Fowler

George C. Scott (Gen. George S. Patton Jr.), Karl Malden (Gen. Omar N. Bradley), Stephen Young (Capt. Chester B. Hansen), Michael Strong (Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver), Carey Loftin (Gen. Bradley's driver), Albert Dumortier (Moroccan Minister), Frank Latimore (Lt. Col. Henry Davenport)

40th anniversary screening. Danish 70mm premiere

Academy Award Winner
Best Actor in a Leading Role George C. Scott
Refused to accept the nomination and the award, because he did not feel himself to be in any competition with other actors.
Frank McCarthy, the film's producer, accepted the award on Scott's behalf at the ceremony, but returned it to the Academy the next day in keeping with Scott's wishes.

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Urie McCleary, Gil Parrondo, Antonio Mateos & Pierre-Louis Thévenet
Best Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Best Film Editing Hugh S. Fowler
Best Picture Frank McCarthy
Best Sound Douglas O. Williams & Don J. Bassman
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H. North

Academy Award Nomineret
Best Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Alex Weldon
Best Music, Original Score Jerry Goldsmith

allmovie.com: In 1943 North Africa, George Patton (George C. Scott) assumes command of (and instills some much-needed discipline in) the American forces. Engaged in battle against Germany's Field Marshal Rommel (Karl Michael Vogler), Patton drives back "The Desert Fox" by using the German's own tactics. Promoted to Lieutenant General, Patton is sent to Sicily, where he engages in a personal war of egos with British Field Marshal Montgomery (Michael Bates). Performing brilliantly in Italy, Patton seriously jeopardizes his future with a single slap. While touring an Army hospital, the General comes across a GI (Tim Considine) suffering from nervous fatigue. Incensed by what he considers a slacker, Patton smacks the poor soldier and orders him to get well in a hurry. This incident results in his losing his command-and, by extension, missing out on D-Day. In his final campaign, Patton leads the US 3rd Army through Europe. Unabashedly flamboyant, Patton remains a valuable resource, but ultimately proves too much of a "loose cannon" in comparison to the more level-headed tactics of his old friend Omar Bradley (Karl Malden). Patton won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Scott, an award that he refused.


“Poltergeist” (1:54). Filmeed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented: on the curved screen in 70mm with 6-track stereophonic Dolby Stereo, format 42. Format: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1982. World premiere: 04.06.1982, Los Angeles, USA. Danish premiere: 03.09.1982, Palads Teatret.

Directed by Tobe Hooper. Written and produced by Steven Spielberg. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Photographed by Matthew F. Leonetti. Edited by Michael Kahn

Craig T. Nelson (Steve Freeling), JoBeth Williams (Diane Freeling), Beatrice Straight (Dr. Lesh), Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling), Oliver Robins (Robbie Freeling), Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne Freeling)

"They're here"

Danish 70mm premiere

Academy Award nominated
3 Academy Awards

allmovie.com: With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hopper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same time as Spielberg's E.T., the film presents the dark side of Spielberg's California suburban track homes. The film centers on the Freeling family, a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. The father, Steve (Craig T. Nelson), has fallen asleep in front of the television, and the dog saunters around the house revealing the other family members -- Steve's wife Diane (JoBeth Williams), sixteen-year-old daughter Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old son Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke). Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake ("They're he-e-ere!"). As curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight), a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.


“Titanic” (3:14). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations , 24 frames pr. second. Principal photography in: Panavision Super 35 cameras and lenses. Presented: on the curved screen in Panavision 70mm with 6-track DTS digital sound. Format: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1997. World premiere: 14.12.1997 Los Angeles, USA. Danish premiere: 28.01.1998, Imperial Bio.

Writtem, directed and produced by James Cameron. Music by James Horner. Photographed by Russell Carpenter. Edited by Conrad Buff, James Cameron and Richard A. Harris.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson), Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater), Billy Zane (Caledon 'Cal' Hockley), Kathy Bates (Molly Brown), Frances Fisher (Ruth Dewitt Bukater), Gloria Stuart (Old Rose), Bill Paxton (Brock Lovett) and Bernard Hill (Captain Smith)

Academy Award Vinder
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Director
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Best Effects, Visual Effects
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Best Music, Original Song
Best Picture
Best Sound

allmovie.com: This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent.

Why 70mm is so Special

"Lawrence of Arabia" - The ultimate 70mm film. Copyright SONY/Columbia Pictures 2008. Published with permission

The audience get a lot more out of a film, if presented in 70mm with razor sharp images and crystal clear sound. Films presented in 70mm are an intensive experience, very realistic and almost three dimensional. It is an experience which makes everything you have ever seen on film before pales into insignificance. The audience really get value for their money!

The Imperial Bio

70mm is best experienced in a large cinema of Imperial Bio's size. Come and experience the grandeur and sensation of “being in the movies”. Imperial Bio is ideal with 24 curved rows and 1102 comfortable seats. The curved screen is a rare thing these days, but the curve and the curved seating ensures the best view of the screen from all seats in the house.

Imperial Bio opened in 1961 and was from the beginning built for "Road-Show" movies, and is today, the only remaining Danish cinema of this type. This is a rare chance to see the cinema classics in the world’s best film format, in the finest cinema in Denmark; The best at the best.
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