Wide Screen Weekend 2002 Reviews
The 70mm Newsletter
morning at the hotel with Dick Babish and Borden Mace was a delight.
Picture by Thomas Hauerslev
It was good, wasn't it?! Thanks for the quick pictures. Great! Fabulous time and without your
input, it would not have been as good. As they say...'you done good'. Fabulous
last breakfast...it could have gone on for hours. Just keep banging your head!
Best, David Page.
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Well my 15 minutes of fame in Bradford is long gone now. Caught a cold on
the plane on the way back, starting to feel better today (Thursday). Last
night was the gala opening party of the Dome and Archlight theaters, about
1500 people with lots of food and drink. Today I finish up the 3 strip Cinerama trailer and it will play sometime next week at the Dome before the
evening weekend shows.
Thanks to all for a wonderful time in Bradford. My wife was impressed with the welcome Dave poster, She said, "Wow those
guys must really love you over there!"
Say hi to all the gang for me.
Best selection of titles ever. What a joy to see "Cinerama Holiday"
again - the first half is my favorite. The train sequence in 7 wonders made me suddenly
realize that I did see this at the London casino. The Lowell Thomas break down reels set the
(laughter) mood for the weekend. " Where Eagles Dare" was great fun and rounded off
Sunday - good idea to have a "trashy" title like that. It also proved how good 70mm on the
DP70 and that [Dimension 150] lens can be. In fact all 70mm can now be shown on the curved
screen. Even the snow scenes looked good. More please even if they are blow-ups.
More nitro's to the Cinerama titles would have been good. Oh and " The
Big Trail" was great BUT 4 films on Saturday is too much. Maybe more use of
Friday can spread the titles out. With all the 70mm titles sitting in the basement at
Pictureville could we not have an autumn weekend: "The Last Walle",
"Custer of the West", "Flying Machines",
"STAR!", "Hello, Dolly!" etc. A big thank you should go to Bill and the
Cheers Dave Watson.
Howard Rust and Mr. Dick Babish having a discussion. Perhaps about
Cinerama? Picture by Mr. M Tayler.
It was fascinating to hear his descriptions of solving the problems to make Cinerama work. I hope he (Dick Babish) understood
the appreciation we all have for his work. The work that most of us do leaves few traces
ultimately, but he has made possible that we and the future can enjoy looking back through the eyes of Cinerama. I was struck by the gang of middle-age guys
crowded around when he was on the stage with the Camera #1. We were more like teenagers around the latest rock star!
It was a great weekend. " The Cinerama Adventure" is a great experience and when it reaches a wide audience will create more
fans for this "lost process". The tribute to Willem was moving, he deserves a lot of
credit. John Harvey was unstinting in giving credit to Willem for bringing Cinerama back and his abilities to track down equipment and fabricate and create the
things needed to make the museum installation a reality.
I got to meet Eric White from Melbourne and compare notes. He probably came the furthest, didn't he?
I had a nice conversation with John Belton over breakfast one morning. Most importantly, thanks for all the work you have done to keep Cinerama alive, keep up the struggle!
Cheers, M. Henry
It was great to see so many Cinerama films programmed for one weekend. Given the uniqueness of the theater, it makes sense
that the Festival present as many three-strip Cinerama films as possible.
There seems to be an effort to get more weekenders involved in the presentation of the films. I think this is basically a
very good idea. There are many members of the audience who have expertise to share and it would be wise to take advantage of
that. In fact, we could plan to involve a different regular weekender in doing an intro for each film (rather than having
one person do several). It should be as international as possible (even down to doing presentations in French or German or
other languages). I would certainly be willing to prepare an intro.
The one problem I had this year was figuring out when special events were scheduled. I missed one hour of the wine reception
because it was not clear when that would. Even though I am a "Fellow" of the Order of Bradford and helped select this year's
fellow, I missed that ceremony because it was not scheduled. Can we generate a one page xerox of all the
wide screen events and screenings?
I'd love to see "The Robe" next year (in four-track), as well as the famous CinemaScope Demonstration reel (s) featuring
material from "Broken Lance".
Hauerslev (Denmark) and Dick Babish (USA).
I want to thank you for the opportunity you afforded me to attend the recent Wide Screen Weekend celebrating the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the opening of Cinerama. It was a most impressive event, affording me the opportunity of seeing once again
scenes I haven't seen in many years!-- and some I had not yet even seen until then!
It was indeed a great experience for which I thank you and the National Museum for extending the invitation. I was
much impressed by the enthusiastic following in attendance. I was further impressed with the youthfulness of many of the
attendees. It was a pleasure to discuss with them some of the history and principles on which the Cinerama system was
based. They seemed to understand so much better than some of the professionals that we dealt with at times.
The recognition that was given to Willem Bouwmeester pleased me very much, too, since he has been such an ardent devotee,
and has done so much to assist the Museum in acquiring and setting up such a comprehensive assemblage of equipment.
In grateful appreciation for this remarkable opportunity,
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