Anamorphic Weekend in London
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|Written by: Mark
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very friendly, welcoming and generous gentleman, in the person of Gyuri
Blaskovics, a great ambassador for the Odeon organisation
Only four cinemas in Europe are exhibiting
Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk"
in IMAX 70mm. Only the IMAX 70mm system in full 1.43 aspect ratio does full
justice to Nolan's mighty masterpiece in our time. The composition of the
imagery of Dunkirk is in the league of the greatest Works of Art depicting
the most appalling and destructive of all human activities. Witness Goya's
Defenders of Madrid and Picasso's Guernica. The resolution and definition
offered by 70mm IMAX film is way beyond any other means of exhibition.
Nothing comes close. Moreover, multiple viewings are very important to gain
a full appreciation and understanding of the Chef d'Oeuvre that is Dunkirk.
And so the Pilgrim returns, oftentimes to travel great distances to bear
witness to what is surely a great spiritual as well as artistic experience.
One such Pilgrim was our own editor, Thomas Hauerslev, who traveled from
Copenhagen to London to bear witness. As a pilgrim, albeit one residing
within ten minutes walk of The BFI IMAX, it was a pleasure to host a fellow
pilgrim. Like Chaucer's pilgrims before us, we were based in Southwark. We
were sustained throughout by my dear wife Margaret's culinary skills. The
Full Maestro Breakfast, a delicious repast inspired by
Maestro Carl Davis, which consisted
of organic jumbo oats, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and prunes
kept us regular as clockwork. We squeezed as much as we could into those few
days - an Anamorphic Weekend, as it were.
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Gallery: "Dunkirk" in London, 29th, July
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BFI London IMAX projectionists Michael Ford (left) and Caesar, who kindly
First, we walked all the way to The
Odeon Leicester Square, the most prestigious cinema venue in theatreland.
There we met a very friendly, welcoming and generous gentleman, in the
person of Gyuri Blaskovics, a great ambassador for the Odeon organisation.
He gave us both a much sought after souvenir, in the form of a strip of
"Dunkirk" in 70mm, naturally.
Next a tour of bookshop land, nearby, then back across the Thames, where we
were royally received in the the projection room of The BFI London IMAX by
projectionists Michael Ford and Caesar, and offered tea. They are very
enthusiastic and warmly welcome fellow enthusiasts. A former projectionist
and his wife were fellow visitors. Again, we did not leave empty handed with
gifts of clips of IMAX 70mm film, as rare as hen's teeth. The BFI IMAX
screen is the greatest in the land measuring 20 by 26 metres, a great canvas
for the greatness to come.
Then in the IMAX auditorium, we experienced
were the luckiest 70mm aficionados alive in being hosted by yet another
generous chief projectionist in Matthew Raymond at the Science Museum.
The London Science Museum IMAX is one of the big four in Europe to screen
"Dunkirk" in its full glory. We were the luckiest 70mm aficionados alive
in being hosted by yet another generous chief projectionist in Matthew
Raymond. IMAX projectionists work incredibly hard as well as being wonderful
hosts. Again, we left with a very precious gift, another clip of IMAX film.
Having walked what seemed like a thousand miles, it was back to our
Southwark base for a gala dinner of steak and salad. And so to bed. A
genius, according to the German philosopher Schopenhauer, is one who can hit
targets that other people cannot see. The race against time has been a
staple of feature films from the earliest beginnings of cinema. With
"Interstellar" and "Dunkirk", Nolan has taken it to heights
Following our Full Maestro on Sunday morning, we were up against our own
race against time. Thomas attended the 10:00 BFI IMAX 70mm screening and I
attended the screening at 3:30 that afternoon. It was well worth it. The
miracle of Christopher Nolan's "DUNKIRK" is that it becomes even more
miraculous with each subsequent viewing.
• Gallery: "Dunkirk" in London, 29th, July 2017
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