2006 Academy Member
Francois Carrin (France)
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Thomas Hauerslev
14. March 2006
Francois Carrin. Picture by Thomas Hauerslev.
This year the Academy was faced with a real challenge – how to enlarge the
group of Academy members with a new nationality? We looked everywhere, and
names and ideas began to emerge. We looked for a person who not only lived
up to Academy criteria, but also a person who would represent, in the best
possible way, the term “film enthusiast”.
The “film enthusiasts” belong to the palette of characters associated with
cinema today. We have editors, actors, directors and many more. When the
film is exhibited, we have moviegoers and film enthusiasts. The distinction
between a movie goer and a film enthusiast is a very fine line (of sanity).
The movie goer is probably capable of identifying the actors and perhaps the
director of the film they just saw. The enthusiasts are, very often capable
of identifying even the smallest detail about the film, the cinema and how
it looked like in 1957. Nothing is too unimportant to be remembered. The
enthusiast lives and breathes film, and often has huge collections of
soundtracks, souvenir programmes and posters – and sometimes a lot more.
Our nominee is no exception and has even taken this interest to the next
The person we have selected has a passionate enthusiasm for Cinerama and
70mm. His dedication to wide screen makes it impossible for him to resist
any opportunity to seek out projection rooms and movie flea markets all over
his native country and neighbouring countries.
in 70mm reading:
Wide Screen Weekend home
Academy of the Wide Screen Weekend
Francois' story about Cinerama
cinema in Paris, France
More about that later!
He, and it is a he, is a very friendly person, always trying to make himself
understood in the English language. He has been a loyal guest in Bradford
for nearly 10 years – and he has always frequently obtained free beers for
several Academy members, although that is NOT an Academy selection criterion
;-). When he is going to Bradford he always travels over land by rail or by
car - and always through the tunnel between France and England. He never
flies, for fear of falling, I assume.
I have shared many “grande Carlsbergs” with him and toured projection rooms
with him. His encyclopaedic knowledge of cinemas In his country’s capital is
amazing. I have visited him in his house and met his family including the
cats – one of which is called “My Fair Lady”.
So far, his sharp eyes have also made him the proud owner of several 70mm
prints – some of which he has graciously loaned to be shown here at
Pictureville. He has turned his own basement into a full size cinema, to
make proper room for his collection of three DP70 70mm projectors, magnetic
pre amplifiers, film spools, posters, and a curved screen. His e-mails are
always enthusiastic when he reports about his latest findings – like this
“….and have found some Cinerama memories, 33 rpm sound track of “Good Bye,
Mr. Chips”, an empty Cinemecanicca 70mm reel, some 16mm news reels, 2
Jacques Tati trailers and a 25mm focus lens for my Bell & Howell TQ 1”
Who can this be? You are probably thinking he must be employed within the
film industry. But he is not. He is a "reel" film enthusiast, breathing and
living for his interest – in his normal life he makes a living as a self
employed quantity surveyor.
Before I reveal his name, and I’m sure some of you have already guessed it,
I can tell you that tomorrow is his 61st birthday – so don’t forget the
birthday song. May the Spirit of Henri Chrétien smile down from above when I
welcome Francois CARRIN, to become the next member of the Academy of the
- top - back issues
- news index