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The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall, Cinema Retro editors (Cinema Retro publishers) Date: 06.09.2009
Front cover, Issue 15, September 2009

Cinema Retro issue #15 is now shipping in Europe. We anticipate it will arrive in the USA by mid September and will then ship to all other parts of the world. If you are a current subscriber, please remember- this is the last issue of the present season. You can re-subscribe for season 6 at any time (see subscription info below). As readers know, it pays to subscribe: you not only help us keep the dream alive (and restrict advertising in the magazine to a bare minimum), but you will be assured of never missing an issue. A glance at our back issues department illustrates that when supplies of certain issues dwindle, prices go up. Copies of sold out issues #8 and #10 have been selling for up to $75 each! A great big thank you to everyone who supported us - both our subscribers and our extremely talented contributing writers, who represent the best of the best. It's hard to believe we've completed our fifth year.

If the content of issue #15 doesn't convince you to subscribe or resubscribe, we don't know what will. Check out the following highlights:

Our fall issue is a "must-have" for all retro movie lovers. Here are some of the highlights:

• Extensive tribute to Lee Marvin including Steve Mori's never-before-published interview from 1974 in which he extensively reflects on his long career. Plus: Steve also recalls a fascinating look at his visit to the set of "The Klansman" starring Marvin and Richard Burton- and presents unpublished candid photos from behind the scenes. As if that wasn't enough, we have Steve Saragossi's tribute to Marvin's arse-kicking 1972 crime classic "Prime Cut".
• John Exshaw provides a major article on the history of the Fu Manchu films - with exclusive comments from Sir Christopher Lee.
• Mark Mawston interviews British actress Shirley Anne Field about working on the kinky cult classic "Peeping Tom" and co-starring with Steve McQueen in "The War Lover".
• Bruce R. Marshall interviews "Escape From Alcatraz" screenwriter Richard Tuggle about the making of the Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel classic.
• Steve Saragossi continues his extensive interviews with James Caan in which the legendary actor recalls co-starring with Harrison Ford (betcha can't remember the film title!) and, of course, his greatest role - as Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather".
• Dean Brierly provides the third and final installment of The Espionage Films of Alistair MacLean.
• The Films from U.N.C.L.E. continues with Craig Henderson's analysis of "The Helicopter Spies".
• Tony Earnshaw presents fascinating insights into the making of the British cult classic "Billy Liar".
• Raymond Benson provides with his choices for the best films of 1974
• Plus the usual extensive news about movie soundtracks, film-related books and hard-to-find DVDs.
More in 70mm reading:

"Where Eagles Dare" - Cinema Retro ‘Movie Classics’ Special

"Cinema Retro" - The Golden Age of Film Making

The Reconstruction and Restoration of John Wayne's "The Alamo"

"The Alamo" lost 70mm version - This letter which started it all

"The Alamo" August 9, 2001. Reprinted from Dallas Observer by permission from Robert Wilonsky.

The Photography of "Patton" by George J. Mitchell

"Patton" a note about the restoration


The Great Fox War Movies

As Cinema Retro's readership and reputation continues to grow, it has resulted in our being involved in some exciting and unusual projects pertaining to the world of classic movies. Last year, 20th Century Fox, which ranks among the studios that work closely with Cinema Retro, chose us to write and design the first book ever published directly by the studio. The result was The Great Fox War Movies, a hardcover volume that gave the comprehensive story behind the making of three classic Fox films: "The Longest Day", "Patton" and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" The book was packed with hundreds of rare stills, many never before published, from the Cinema Retro archives. (Who else would have original Japanese programs from these films???) The book was packaged with double DVD special editions of the films and we were quite honored to see it promoted in Time magazine as a Father's Day gift. (Dad would much rather have this than that new shoehorn you had your eye on!)

The Alamo: A Visual Celebration of John Wayne's Classic Movie

Front cover of The Alamo book

Just as Cinema Retro magazine begat The Great Fox War Movies, now that book has begat another exciting volume: The Alamo: A Visual Celebration of John Wayne's Classic Movie. The book is being published by Sundown Entertainment Company. Whether you love "The Alamo" or are among those who find it a flawed effort, this book will be for you. There is no whitewashing the dramatic behind the scenes story of the making of this epic film. The intrigue touches on politics, patriotism, John Wayne's personal obsession over 15 years to make the movie a reality and the lingering consequences of its aftermath, both negative and positive. Few individuals would have been courageous - or perhaps foolish enough - to make their directorial debut with one of the biggest, most expensive action epics ever filmed. John Wayne did - and created a film that still stirs strong passions and controversies even today.

This book will be unique in many ways. First of all, it will be a premium, limited edition collector's item that sells for $110.

• There will only be 1500 hardback editions printed
• Each book will be individually numbered and signed by the authors
• The book will be 180 pages and contain hundreds of the rarest stills and behind the scenes production shots imaginable. Many of these photos have never been seen before and come from the private collections of the foremost Alamo enthusiasts from around the world.
• There will be sections dedicated to international advertising posters, collectibles associated with the film, and rare original trade magazine advertisements
• As with The Great Fox War Movies, your humble publishers of Cinema Retro, Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall are writing and designing the entire book

We'll be filling you in on more details over the next couple of months. The release date for the book is fourth quarter 2007. This book will not be available through stores or Amazon. Because it is extremely limited, it will only be available through Sundown Entertainment Company. Pre-orders are now being taken by Sundown Entertainment.

That's all for now, Pilgrim!
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