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Taking a Mini View in a Maxi Way

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Kinematograph Weekely, July 11, 1970 Date: 29.03.2008
Bob Morgan, Jock Upfold, James Clavell.

EXHIBITORS, circuit bookers and members of the press were Invited by Ron Lee, managing director of Cinerama International Releasing Organisation, to see a twenty-minute mini-version of James Clavell's 70mm production of "The Last Valley".

The mini film was specially made in 70mm by Clavell, who produced, directed and wrote the story of "The Last Valley" for showing to professionals, exhibitors, booking executives and pressmen-throughout the world. As he said, "..it has a beginning, a middle and an end" to give a clear impression of the story, the settings, the action and the performances of the cast.

The adventure epic stars Michael Caine and Omar Sharif and tells the story of a group of soldiers in the Thirty Years' War. It is being made by Clavell for ABC Pictures Corporation and will be ready for screening in the autumn.
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Douglas Brunger, Bill Altria, Ron Lee, Bob Barton, Bill Pay.
David Niven, Alan Kean, Morris Young, C. Elliot, Alan Kean, Ron Lee, Bob Barton, Frank Rush.
"The Last Valley" comes with an additional reel of 70mm for which Iíll try and provide a little background. It is my understanding that the director prepared this reel featuring several sequences from the film to help promote it, or use as a means of getting relevant parties/distributors interested in the movie. Itís almost like a 70mm fifteen minute trailer Ė however itís interesting because it doesnít feature any of John Barryís final score, but temporary dubbed music to help create the right atmosphere. I assume therefore that this was prepared well in advance of its initial release and before John Barry had scored the movie. Each separate sequence is individually spliced together, so the reel contains a huge number of splices.

By Duncan McGregor, Chief Projectionist, Pictureville, Bradford
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