Movie With A Message "Man in the 5th Dimension"
Graham Pavilion at the New York
World's Fair 1964
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Eric Paddon, History
teacher, County College Of Morris, New Jersey, USA
A good film, in the opinion of many movie
critics, is one which evokes a positive emotional response. The
noted playwright, Maxwell Anderson, likened such a response to a
If this is the criterion for judging films,
then there is an extremely good film being shown hourly in the
Billy Graham Pavilion. The avowed purpose of "Man in the
Fifth Dimension" is to move viewers to receive Christ as Savior and Lord -- right there and then. Certainly, this is a
call to a positive emotional response, whose demand for
immediacy and importance of decision is without precedent in
film annals. But judging from the lines making their way to the
counseling rooms behind doors at each end of the screen, it is a
in 70mm reading:
"Man in the 5th Dimension"
This article first appeared on
September 2002. Reprinted by
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The film, the focal point of the "crusade
in Flushing Meadow," is shown in a red-carpeted,
gold-draped theater which seats 400. The exterior brick walls of
the theater are striking photo presentations in themselves. They
are lined with 14 photographic enlargements which trace Mr.
Graham's worldwide crusades. Two backlighted panels are four
feet by 20 feet, and 12 panels are nine feet by four feet.
Made by Mr. Graham's own World Wide Picture
Company, the 28-minute, 70mm Todd-AO color film was filmed at
spiritually significant locales throughout the world, and
details the story of man from the Creation. It closes with Mr.
Graham's call to make a decision for Christ. During the first
year of the Fair, it is estimated that more than one million
people will see the film.
A unique feature of the film presentation is
a simultaneous translation system, similar to that in use at the
United Nations, to reach visitors from abroad. Speaking in
English, Mr. Graham is heard narrating the film. A control built
into the arm rest of each chair in the air-conditioned theater
can switch the sound track to a choice of six different
languages which are heard through a plastic earpiece: French,
Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and German. The
multi-lingual seven-channel system was installed by Round Hill
Associates. It is hoped that in the second year of the Fair,
eight-channel translation will be possible.
"Man in the Fifth Dimension" took
seven months to shoot, and was World Wide Pictures' most
ambitious effort to date. Scripted by James F. Collier, it was
produced by World Wide's president, Dick Ross. Mr. Ross was an
American Film Festival Blue Ribbon winner for the movie "Africa
On The Bridge," a documentary of the Billy Graham Crusade
in the emerging continent.
(right) discusses scene with Dick
Ross, producer of Mr. Graham's World's Fair production, "Man in
the Fifth Dimension."
Filming took the company from Mount Palomar,
where footage was shot through the great 200-inch telescope
there, to the Holy Land. Interior scenes were filmed at
Paramount's Studios in Hollywood.
Visiting the Holy Land can be a moving
experience for anyone. But tensions between Israel and the Arab
world can make location shooting there difficult.
The religious rift splitting the Holy Land
was felt when Mr. Ross and Jim Collier went from the Jordanian
side of Jerusalem, through the Mandelbaum Gate to the Israeli
sector for some advance location scouting. The rest of the crew
remained behind at the Ambassador Hotel in Jordan.
"We were at the King David Hotel, not
more than a couple of hundred yards from the Ambassador,"
Mr. Ross notes. "but because of the restrictions on
communications between the two countries, we couldn't call our
friends to tell them of our plans.
"Finally, we called our London office
and had them relay the message. We had to span continents to
communicate with friends less than a quarter of a mile away."
Photography, May 1964
A Personal Word from Billy Graham
from the Souvenir Brochure
are about to embark on a breathtaking journey through the
four-dimensional world of space and time into the realm of the
fifth dimension, the dimension of the spirit. It is my earnest
prayer that it will be an unforgettable experience during which
you will encounter the Living Christ, joining the unending
procession of those who, in every generation and culture, have
discovered the real meaning and purpose of life.
In The 5th Dimension" begins
atop Mt. Palomar in southern California, home of the world's
largest telescope, the famed 200-inch "window on the
universe." The design and order of the Creator's hand are
eloquently depicted in star clouds and clusters of our own
galaxy and the distant island universes of other giant galactic
systems millions of light-years away from us.
story of the creation is told in the setting of what has been
called "man's oldest living things, " the towering
California Redwoods of the Pacific Coast. O The Apostle Paul
addressed scholars of first-century Athens on Mars Hill, just
below the Acropolis. His words are equally relevant to the
which inherited so much from the Golden Age of Greece. O It was
in the shepherd's fields below Bethlehem that the birth of
Christ was heralded by angelic hosts. O Augustine, Pascal,
Tolstoy and America's "Founding Fathers" demonstrate
the continuity of Christian witness down to the present day.
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