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Scent of Mystery at the TCM Classic Film Festival 2016

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Dave Strohmaier and Tom March Date: 10.05.2016
The 2016 TCM Classic Film festival is a really big Hollywood event held over four days between April 28 and May 1 in the heart of Hollywood. Film fans from around the world come here to see classic films in many of the most iconic venues and introduced by the people involved in their making.

The Cinerama contribution was the Mike Todd, Jr.'s
"Smell-O-Vision" Cinerama Dome screening of “Scent of Mystery” (1960) It is also known as “Holiday in Spain” when presented without the scents. It screened on May 1 at 10:00AM to a full house. It was hosted by LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian with a special guest appearance by BEVERLY BENTLEY who played the decoy Sally Kennedy in the film.

There were live actors at this event to help make it a more fully involved experience for the audience. Large fans (scent projectors) were placed around the periphery of the theatre, in the upper and lower level seating areas, to disperse certain atmospheric smells, like the bull run. But most smells were spread by the audience members with small scent atomizers and folding fans. The scents were designed by SASKIA WILSON-BROWN of The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

Here are some picture highlights from the "Scent of Mystery" event.
More in 70mm reading:

Mike Todd Jr.'s "Scent of Mystery" in Smell-O-Vision

A Brief History about Hans Laube

Scented Storytelling @ the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

Tom March's Images from Cinerama's 60th Anniversary at the Dome

In The Picture - Tom Down Under

Picture Highlights from the 2015 European Cinerama Festival Tour

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April 28 Rehearsal day

April 28 was rehearsal day. Dave Strohmaier coordinated all phases of the rehearsal.
Charles Ziarko directs the event performers, Olivier Riquelme and Bel Deliá who played the parts of Oliver Larker and the Mystery Lady in the live performance sequences.
Neal Harris of scentevents.com is being miked for a TCM interview next to one of his “Scent Projectors”, They are large, silent running, enclosed fans provided by Boston Light & Sound and used to disperse scents over a wide area.
TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz tries out a scent spray atomizer from one of the audience scent kits.
Five seconds before a scent event, scent cues flash on the screen.
In the lobby, Leonard Maltin is doing a report about the Smell-O-Vision event for TCM.
The Dome’s new Christie 6P dual-head laser projection system with Dolby 3D color separation technology. One of these two serious looking digital projectors is being used for the Scent of Mystery screening. The DCP files have been rectified so that the projected image fits the Dome’s curved screen perfectly.
A Todd-AO camera privately owned by cinematographer Richard Edlund was set up in the lobby during the rehearsal and again during the screening. It was threaded with fresh 65mm film and proved to be a real attraction at the show. Camera operator, David Tondeur (left) looked after the Todd-AO camera exhibit during the event.
Robert Garren is photographing the inner workings of the Todd-AO camera while Douglas Knapp demonstrates its features.
Harrison Engle with the Todd-AO camera.
Tammy Burnstock - Event Producer, John Foley – Event Wardrobe, and film director Varcha Sidwell (director of the documentary “On The Nose”).

May 1 Screening day for Scent of Mystery

Lincoln Morrison helping to distribute the scent kits, one to each seat on the morning of the screening.
Each seat ready with a scent kit. The kit includes the scent atomizer,
a souvenir program booklet, a folding fan and a sample 70MM film clip from the movie.
A sample 70MM film clip from Scent of Mystery.
The TCM Roadshow Souvenir Program
On stage, Randy Gitsch welcomes the audience as they get seated and introduces them to the finer points of scent dispersal.
Dave Strohmaier is on follow spot for the entire event.
The screening of Scent of Mystery is sold out. It’s a full house.
Leonard Maltin is the host for this event
Leonard interviews Beverly Bentley on stage. Beverly related memories from the making of Scent of Mystery.
DSC08842a.jpg Beverly Bentley and Leonard Maltin
Intermission in the lobby.
Smell-O-Vision end credit.
Event Producer, Tammy Burnstock and Beverly after the screening
Beverly Bentley and son Michael Mailer (Producer based in New York) with Sandra Shahan (double for the real Miss Kennedy)

May 1 Later that day

A gathering at Dave’s place for his Big Backyard BBQ.
The chief cook is Paul Rayton.
The special Guest Star, Beverly Bentley
And a group picture to top off the day.
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