Reflections on The 70mm Aalborg Film Festival at The
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Written & Photographed by: Mark
Lyndon and Orla Nielsen
Shortly after the one day
Festival at The Biffen in Aalborg in
April, some excellent reports were published here; narrating and
celebrating the tremendous success it enjoyed as a showcase for and
demonstration of the best of true film - in 70mm, naturally. With the
perspective of a few weeks more, it is now worth reflecting on and
asserting what a genuine film festival is actually for and what it
actually does. The Cannes Festival, is now in full swing. (Note the
absence of the word film). It is worth reading and noting the "About"
statement posted by the Director of the Cannes Festival, Thierry Frémaux
on the official
Cannes Festival Website.
The brightest and most perceptive cineaste would be hard pressed to
glean the purpose of The Cannes Festival from the high flown rhetoric
and lofty abstractions which constitute this important statement. Be in
no doubt that this is an important statement and seriously consider why
it is now so vitally important that Festivals such as 70mm at The Biffen
in Aalborg, should succeed. Orson Welles once described film as "...a
ribbon of dreams." The projection team at The Biffen plainly
demonstrated that 70mm film still remains by far the best way of
exhibiting the moving image, par excellence, tout court.
The digitally captured and projected image, which has proved so useful
and convenient to the industry, is essentially a product of television
technology. All colours, including black and white are derived from the
the Red, Green and Blue (RGB) additive process. Without delving further
into the technicalities of why film is so gloriously different, a
beautiful print of two reels of "Lawrence of Arabia" demonstrated this
self evident truth at The Biffen, on that late April day in Aalborg.
The70mm image positively gleamed, shone and captivated.
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70MM Film Event at Biffen, Aalborg
Denmark, 26. April 2014
Aalborg 70mm Film Event
Oliver Michael Todd in Conversation with
70mm Day in Aalborg
Todd (left) in conversation with Thomas Hauerslev
Here we saw the
piercing and hypnotic blue of the eyes of Peter O'Toole, so perceptively
cast as Lawrence.
Here we saw how a hitherto shy and diffident man, came
to lead and inspire a mighty movement.
Here we saw how the shining brass
of the immaculate uniforms of the military elite, dazzled subordinates
Oliver Todd, The Biffen guest of honour and scion of the illustrious
Todd family, observed that "West Side Story", a film he had
previously disliked was now something he had come to admire. Could a
Digital Cinema Print achieve such a conversion, I wonder? Festival goers
were also very fortunate in being treated to a doctorate level seminar
on the history of the Todd-AO process. How many University Departments
could equal that, I wonder?
"2OO1: A Space Odyssey", now well
into it's fifth decade, has lost none of it's magic and sheer pulling
power, filling The Biffen to capacity. Enough said.
It was a very hopeful sign, to see leading executives of the film
industry attend and delight in a special screening of "West Side
Story" at The Biffen. They and all those who were privileged to be
at The Biffen to celebrate the "greatest show" in Todd-AO were left in
no doubt which moving image technology remains the greatest.
The jury at Cannes is still out.
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