"Push the button Max!"
Schauburg's 11. Todd-AO 70mm festival,
The 70mm Newsletter
organizers Herbert Born & Thomas Hauerslev. Image by Bo Rump
Welcome to the 70mm "virgins", the enthusiasts and the
fans! Welcome to the foreign guests and the German guests!
Welcome everyone! Once again, Schauburg Cinerama is your home for a
weekend dedicated to large, wide and incredibly sharp 70MM films. A
celebration of nostalgia and modern state-of-the-art movie making.
Together we stroll down memory lane with great adventures on the curved
screen, in the grand style of an authentic roadshow cinema. Maybe, just
maybe, we will be able to tickle your imagination.
70MM is back - again! The controversial director Quentin Tarantino is putting final touches to
one of his most anticipated films in recent years.
"The Hateful Eight",
a western filmed in
Ultra Panavision 70, a 65mm format, not used for a
feature film since
1966. Ultra Panavision 70 requires big wide screens so the image does not look excessively
letterboxed. Mr. Tarantino not only shot it in 65mm, but he is also
going to present it with an overture, and an intermission, and feature an original score by the
legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone. A courageous
effort by a man who firmly believes in the magic of FILM. We hope to present it in 70mm at the 12th Todd-AO Festival in
2016. Christopher Nolan filmed a lot of his blockbuster
in 65mm 15 perf IMAX, and premiered it in 70MM across North America.
Five cinemas across Europe also premiered "Interstellar" in 70mm. The
analogue shows outperformed their digital siblings many times. We are
very proud to present "Interstellar" in 70MM as our main Saturday night
feature. Our friend Paul Thomas Anderson, who made
"The Master" in 65mm
in 2013, is also back with a 70MM blow-up of his latest adventure
Vice". With only three 70MM prints struck, we are proud to premiere it
in Europe in grand style. Truly unique. 70MM is a format many really
Fortunately, it seems 70MM will not go away. Nolan, Tarantino and Anderson are not
alone. More and more are using 65mm as their creative film language.
Large parts of "Jurassic World" was filmed with Panavision's 65mm
cameras, and "Tomorrowland" was framed for 2,2:1 with Sony's F65 digital
camera - after making tests with 65mm film and cameras. ARRI Group in
Munchen has introduced the ALEXA 65, their latest digital camera and
called it "65mm Reborn". The chip is formatted for 2,2:1 - the classic
70mm format. In Hollywood, two new short films in 65mm are
in progress by young filmmakers. Let us cross our fingers for 70mm
prints. In England, a new commercial has been shot in 65mm with the ARRI
765, to premiere digitally in 2016. Not since the Peter Stuyvesant
cigarette advert (MCS 70) and "Shellarama" (Technirama) have commercials
been filmed in large format. By the time of writing this,
with exteriors filmed in 65mm with the ARRI 765, will premiere digitally
in Toronto in September. Finally, we are still waiting to see "Ivanhoe"
go before the 65mm cameras in Germany. The death of 70MM seems widely
More in 70mm reading:
Todd-AO Festival Home
Wilkommen | Welcome
2015 Festival Flyer (PDF)
Festival Through the Years
More Schauburg Cinerama
Festivals in Pictures
Best of Todd-AO Festival
Haas painting the 70MM Festival bill board. Image by Herbert Born
Go on a great space adventure via DEFA 70. Fight the NAZIs in Ultra
Panavision 70. Drive through San Francisco with VistaVision and Bernard
Hermann’s mystic score. Race across continents with the brilliant mind
of Blake Edwards or learn "How to Handle a Woman" with Richard Harris,
all in Panavision 70. The Stones will rock you in 6-track and the great
Dimitri Tiomkin presents Pyotr Ilyich and his music in SOVSCOPE 70.
Solve a mystery with Larry "Doc" Sportello, and "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in
mind-blowing colors. Explore wormholes, space-time, and astrophysics
with Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine, or dangerous Aliens with lovely
Sigourney Waver. Or try to imagine Anthony Quinn as the Pope of
Panorama. From outer space to Rome and from Paris to New York, we have a
very diverse program for you in 2015.
All this in 70MM would not be the same without the
Schauburg with its
rich history, red curtains and curved screen. From the box-office lady
who welcomes you in a friendly voice, to the rare GONG before the film
begins, or the exhibited DP70 projector in the foyer. Did you notice the
hand painted billboard above the entrance?
Mr. Haas the last billboard
painter of Karlsruhe. We are lucky to have him to keep this lost art form alive.
It is traditional cinema virtues, which makes you feel welcome.
Everything comes together in perfect harmony: audience, 70MM and
Cinema. You become part of history in the great Schauburg. Something you
cannot experience in 2K, 4K, at home or on your laptop. It has to be
cinema. Welcome to 11th
Todd-AO Festival at the Schauburg.
To begin the Festival properly; let us do what Professor
Fate (in "The Great Race") says: "Push the button Max!"
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