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Widescreen Weekend 2009
Come and see Cinerama and 70mm in all its splendour

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Text by: Thomas Hauerslev, editor, with thanks to Sheldon Hall and Wolfram Hannemann Date: 21.03.2009
We are looking forward to seeing all of you again in Bradford in March 2009, to see Cinerama and 70mm in all its splendour. We will include a new 70mm print from 20th Century Fox in its 70mm screen splendour.

We have promised to show you
"Year Of The Dragon" in 70mm this time.
We will again include the usual mix of lectures, screen talks, format demonstrations, Dimension 150, CinemaScope 55, 3-strip Cinerama, Super Panavision 70 and blowups on screens in popular size and shapes.

Travel to Bradford to get the first person experience at the Pictureville cinema in Bradford, England from 19 - 23 March, 2009.

McGregor, Lawrence & Hauerslev
2009 Film Programmers
 

Pictureville Seating and Tickets booking

Pictureville Seating lay-out. Click to enlarge

Widescreen Weekend Passes is now on sale. We cannot sell Widescreen Passes on the web because we need to know which seats you require. If you want to book email Jennifer Hall, with the completed booking form and you will be contacted shortly. Seats are given on a first come first served basis.

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BIFF - Widescreen Weekend

Thursday 19 March 2009

"A Star is Born"

16.00 – 18.57 “A Star is Born” (2:56). Filmed in: 35mm 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: CinemaScope. 1984 restoration presented on: The flat screen, in a 35mm CinemaScope print with 4-track Dolby A. Aspect ratio: 2,55:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1954. Originally premiere: 29.09.1954, Los Angeles, USA.

Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay: Moss Hart. Produced by Vern Alves (associate producer), Sidney Luft (producer), Cinematography by Sam Leavitt (director of photography). Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted

Judy Garland (Vicki Lester / Esther Blodgett), James Mason (Norman Maine), Jack Carson (Matt Libby), Charles Bickford (Oliver Niles).

1954 Academy Award Nominated:

Best Actor in a Leading Role James Mason
Best Actress in a Leading Role Judy Garland
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Malcolm C. Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff, George James Hopkins
Best Costume Design, Color Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, Irene Sharaff,
Best Music, Original Song Harold Arlen (music) Ira Gershwin (lyrics) For the song "The Man that Got Away"
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Ray Heindorf

"A Star Is Born" is not included in the price of the delegate pass and tickets for this screening plus the Imax movies, must be purchased separately. "A Star Is Born" is specifically part of the James Mason: Enigmatic Elegance strand, celebrating the centenary of his birth.
 

"The King and I"

20.00 – 22.30 The King and I (2:13)*). Filmed in: 55mm 8 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: CinemaScope 55. Presented on: The flat screen in a new restored 35mm CinemaScope 55 reduction print with 6-track Dolby Digital. Aspect ratio: 2,55:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1956. Originally premiere: ROXY, New York, USA 28. June 1956. 70mm version premiere: 23. March 1961 at the Rivoli in New York, USA.

*) 144 mins with overture, entr'acte and exit music (used in the 70mm version, not the 35mm)

Directed by Walter Lang. Written by Margaret Landon (book "Anna and the King of Siam"). Oscar Hammerstein II (musical play). Ernest Lehman (screenplay). Produced by Charles Brackett. Original Music by Richard Rodgers. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy (director of photography). Film Editing by Robert Simpson.

Deborah Kerr (Anna Leonowens), Yul Brynner (King Mongkut of Siam), Rita Moreno (Tuptim), Marni Nixon (Anna (singing voice))

New 35mm print courtesy Schaun Belston & Kevin Barret, 20th Century Fox Library Services, Los Angeles, USA

1957 Academy Award Wins:
Best Actor in a Leading Role Yul Brynner
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Lyle R. Wheeler, John DeCuir, Walter M. Scott, Paul S. Fox
Best Costume Design, Color Irene Sharaff
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
Best Sound, Recording Carlton W. Faulkner (20th Century-Fox SSD)

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Actress in a Leading Role Deborah Kerr
Best Cinematography, Color Leon Shamroy
Best Director Walter Lang
Best Picture Charles Brackett

 

Friday 20 March 2009

"This is Cinerama"

10:00 – 12:00 “This is Cinerama” (2:00) + intermission. Filmed in: 3x35mm 6 perforations, 26 frames per second. Principal photography in: Cinerama. Presented on: The curve in 3-strip Cinerama with 7-track magnetic stereo. Angle of view: 146°. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1952. World Premiere: 30.09.1952 The Broadway Theatre, New York, USA.

Developed by Fred Waller. Narrated by Lowell Thomas. Supervised by Michael Todd and Michael Todd Jr. Produced by Merian C. Cooper and Robert L. Bendick. Music by Cinerama Philharmonic Orchestra. Cinematography by Harry Squire.

Print: National Media Museum

This is the original Cinerama feature which launched the widescreen era, here presented in a recently struck print in the original three-strip format, with seven-track stereo sound. There is no narrative, merely a variety of 'attractions': the famous rollercoaster ride is followed by a series of musical and travelogue episodes culminating in an aerial tour of America. More than a technological curio, it's a document of its era.

1953 Academy Award Wins:
Fred Waller (d. May 18, 1954) for designing and developing the multiple photographic and projection systems which culminated in Cinerama.

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

 

"The Taming of the Shrew"

12.30 – 14.32 "The Taming of the Shrew" (2:02). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in a vintage 70mm print with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1967 World Premiere: UK 27 February 1967 (London) (premiere: Royal Film Performance).

The 70mm blow-up version was first shown in the UK on 15 Feb 1973 at the Odeon, St Martin's Lane, London.

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Franco Zeffirelli, Suso Cecchi d'Amico & Paul Dehn (screenplay). Produced by Richard McWhorter. Original Music by Nino Rota. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Film Editing by Peter Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (Katharina), Richard Burton (Petruchio), Cyril Cusack (Grumio), Michael Hordern (Baptista), Vernon Dobtcheff (Pedant), Michael York (Lucentio)

1967 Academy Award Nominated:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Lorenzo Mongiardino, John DeCuir, Elven Webb, Giuseppe Mariani, Dario Simoni, Luigi Gervasi
Best Costume Design Irene Sharaff, Danilo Donati

 

"Faubourg 36"

15.00 – 17.00 "Faubourg 36" Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in a new 70mm print with 6-track DTS stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: France. Production year: 2008 World Premiere: Gaumont Opera cinema, 24.09.2008, France. Also screened at the Toronto Film Festival, Canada 6 September 2008.

Director: Christophe Barratier. Writer: Christophe Barratier (writer) Pierre Philippe (dialogue). Produced by: Original Music by Reinhardt Wagner. Cinematography by Tom Stern (director of photography). Film Editing by Yves Deschamps. Production Design by Jean Rabasse

Gérard Jugnot (Pigoil), Clovis Cornillac (Milou). Kad Merad (Jacky Nora Arnezeder (Douce). Pierre Richard (Monsieur TSF), Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu (Galapiat), Maxence Perrin (Jojo), François Morel (Célestin

The setting is spring 1936; a working-class district in the north of Paris. This neighborhood probably had a name once but now everyone simply calls it the Faubourg. In early may, three residents of the Faubourg - Pigoil, Milou, and Jacky - still sulk over the closing of the Chansonia four months ago. Supported by the locals who live to the rhythm of monsieur Tsf’s radio, the three friends decide to take hold of their destiny by producing the “hit” musical the Chansonia has always needed. With the help of the town, and the arrival of a mysterious and beautiful young actress named Duce, Pigoil, Milou, and Jacky bring the magic of the stage back to the Chansonia.

Subtitled in English on-line by NMM's own Deb Singleton, as she speaks French!, by way of a lengthy PowerPoint presentation prepared by Symon on the basis of subtitle files provided by Pathé.

From the recent subtitle test screening in Bradford:

"Faubourg 36" looked absolutely beautiful and Deb did a fantastic job operating the subtitles. The quality was mightily impressive and several staff said it looked as though it had been filmed in 65mm. A very enjoyable film with some wonderful music and songs. Duncan McGregor

"Faubourg 36" in 70mm in Paris, France

"Faubourg 36" Official movie site


70mm print curtesy Pathe UK

 

Reception

Markus Vetter, Vincent Koch, Clemens Scherer and Melanie Hoffmann, - the German delegation. Image Thomas Hauerslev

17:00 Reception for weekend delegates in the Kodak Gallery. Always a popular event

Images from the 2008 reception
 

"Where Eagles Dare"  - Screen talk with Derren Nesbitt

Screen shot from "Where Eagles Dare", with Derren Nesbitt, Ingrid Pitt and Mary Ure. Copyright MGM 1969

18.45 – 19.45 Screen talk interview with cast & crew of "Where Eagles Dare"

Derren Nesbitt (19 June 1935) has confirmed his participation. One of the last surviving members (Clint Eastwood and Ingrid Pitt are still with us) of the cast of "Where Eagles Dare" reminiscences about his experiences on this classic war movie. We hope to be joined by other cast and crew for this special reunion.

Rather intriguing British actor who first appeared on UK cinema & TV screens in the late 1950s, and quickly found steady work as a rather unpleasant or untrustworthy individual. His cold, yet cunning features had him appearing in guest roles on many UK TV series' including "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" and "William Tell", and the 1960s then proved to be his busiest period of work!

Nesbitt put in strong, intelligent performances in the WW1 aviation spectacle "The Blue Max" (1966), as a cold war agent pursuing Frank Sinatra in "The Naked Runner" (1967) and probably his best remembered role, as Major Von Hapen, an ice cold SS officer nearly foiling Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton plans in "Where Eagles Dare" (1968)

The talented Nesbitt also wrote, directed and starred in the fairly tepid "The Amorous Milkman" (1975) and was kept busy through most of the 1970s in further espionage / action films. Unfortunately, demand for his talents waned heavily in the 1980s and early 1990s with appearances in only a handful of films. His last film appearance to date was in "Flawless" (2008).

Derren Nesbitt's visit gallery

IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com + Wikipedia
 

"Where Eagles Dare"

20.00 – 22.55 "Where Eagles Dare" (2:38) + intermission. Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in a vintage 70mm print with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1968 World Premiere *): 14.12.1968, Japan. 22.01.1969, Empire, Leicester Square, London UK

Richard Burton (Maj. Jonathan Smith, MC), Clint Eastwood (Lt. Morris Schaffer), Mary Ure (Mary Elison), Patrick Wymark (Col. Wyatt Turner, DSO MC), Michael Hordern (Adm. Rolland), Donald Houston (Capt. James Christiansen), Peter Barkworth (Edward Berkeley), William Squire (Capt. Philip Thomas), Robert Beatty (Gen. George Carnaby), Brook Williams (Sgt. Harrod), Neil McCarthy (Sgt. Jock MacPherson), Vincent Ball (Carpenter), Anton Diffring (SS-Standartenführer Kramer), Ferdy Mayne (Gen. Rosemeyer), Derren Nesbitt (SS-Sturmbannführer Von Hapen)

*) 22 January 1969 was the date of the UK premiere, (at the Empire, Leicester Square (it interrupted a run of the 70mm version of "GONE WITH THE WIND"). It was given a trade press preview in an unfinished state, without the music score, in the US in early December 1968) the public run starting the following day. I’ve checked the materials I have on it (trade paper coverage and ads) and nowhere do they say “WORLD Premiere”, only “Gala Premiere”, so the WP was elsewhere, quite possibly in Japan. Sheldon Hall

imdb.com list the film's Japanese opening date in late December 1968. Opened in Denmark 20.01.1969 as "European Premiere". Editor

40th anniversary screening sponsored by Cinema Retro.

Cinema Retro ‘Movie Classics’ Special + 40th Anniversary 1969 - 2009 + Posters + Filming Locations
 

Saturday 21 March 2009

Cinerama Ventures

Randy Gitsch and Dave Strohmaier. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

10.00 – 11.00 Cinerama Ventures. Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch return to Widescreen Weekend for the 4th time to venture into a program of new items on our screen. Included will be the exciting story of rescuing the only surviving 3 panel print of "Cinerama's Russian Adventure", highlighted with an exclusive sampling of 18 minutes of selected 3 panel scenes from this rescued print. A tribute to the first "Super Cinerama" theater ever built: The Cooper Cinerama in Denver Colorado. A never before seen short subject commemorating the New Neon Movies in Dayton Ohio highlighting the efforts of John Harvey and Larry Smith. A nine minute behind the scenes video presenting the Arclight Hollywood Cinerama experience of showing "How The West Was Won", including interviews with John Sittig, director of Cinerama Inc. and long time veteran Cinerama projectionist Gunther Jung. There will also be an update on the current Cinerama news from Hollywood.

David Strohmaier (Director-Editor-Writer) on imdb.com
Randy Gitsch (Producer-Writer-Actor) on imdb.com
 

"Cinerama's Russian Adventure"

3-strip clip of "Cinerama's Russian Adventure". Presented by David Strohmaier. The first 18 minutes of reel one, a bit faded but with very good contrast.

Filmed in Sovcolor 3-strip Kinopanorama. Originally released March 29, 1966 in Chicago. Later optically printed to 70mm.

Original film included sequences from:

Great is my Country 28.02.1958
The Enchanted Mirror 1958
One hour of Unexpected Travels by Helicopter 1960
Fourth Programme of Panorama Films: "Circus Performance " and "On the Red Square" 1961
Naughty Curves 1961
With an Open Heart 1961
To the Antarctic for the Whales 1961
Amazing Hunting 1962
The Volga Flows On 1963

The film itself was extraordinarily interesting, as it had several scenes from Russian life filmed daringly by the Russians with their monstrous 3-panel Kinopanorama camera. Scenes included scenes from the Moscow metro trains, whale hunting in the Arctic, circus performing including a very young world renowned clown Mr. Oleg Popov, spectacular river rafting and the usual (boring) ballet scenes.

Shown complete in 70mm during 2004 Wide Screen Weekend. See the poster

3-strip print thanks to John Sittig, Pacific Theatres, Hollywood.
 

"How the West Was Won" - finally in CINERAMA out of one hole

11.15 – 14.30 “How the West Was Won” (2:42) + intermission. Filmed in: 3x35mm 6 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Cinerama. Presented: On the curved screen in single-lens digital version with uncompressed 5.1 track digital stereophonic sound. Angle of view: 146°. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1961. World Premiere: 01.11.1962 Casino, London, England.

Written by James R. Webb. Produced by Bernard Smith. Original Music by Ken Darby and Alfred Newman. Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang and Joseph LaShelle. Directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall.

Carroll Baker (Eve Prescott Rawlings), Lee J. Cobb (Marshal Lou Ramsey), Henry Fonda (Jethro Stuart), Gregory Peck (Cleve Van Valen), Debbie Reynolds (Lilith 'Lily' Prescott), James Stewart (Linus Rawlings), Eli Wallach (Charlie Gant)

There are westerns and there westerns. "How the West Was Won" is something very special on the deep curved Cinerama screen and 7 track stereo sound. Thanks to generous contributions from many of the fans, we have been able to keep this excellent print going to present the best three strip Cinerama film ever made. A hit at the Festival year after year, we just can't let this classic lie dormant. Bringing together three of the best Hollywood western directors, "How the West Was Won" tells the story of the development of the west from a pioneering family from the 1830s to the Civil War. The panoramic scenes across the three panels and the full curved screen are spectacular and the lift from Alfred Newman's extraordinary score is exhilarating. Cinerama is the only way to see the film, everything else palls by comparison.

"How the West was Won" is presented in a new restored digital print with 5.1 uncompressed digital stereo.
Remastering introduction by Dave Strohmaier including Tom March's 5 minute How The West Was Won location video.

Academy Award Wins:
Best Film Editing Harold F. Kress
Best Sound Franklin Milton (M-G-M SSD)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen, James R. Webb

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color George W. Davis, William Ferrari, Addison Hehr, Henry Grace, Don Greenwood Jr., Jack Mills
Best Cinematography, Color William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle
Best Costume Design, Color, Walter Plunkett
Best Music, Score - Substantially Original Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
Best Picture Bernard Smith
 

The Bible...in the Beginning

15.00 – 18.15 "The Bible...in the Beginning" (2:54) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Dimension 150. Presented on: The curved screen in a new 70mm print with the D-150 Super Curvulon lens. Sound: DTS Special Venue 6-track Todd-AO layout.  Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: Italy/USA. Production year: 1966 World Premiere: 28.09.1966, State Cinema, New York.

Director by John Huston. Screenplay by Vittorio Bonicelli and Christopher Fry. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Original music by Toshirô Mayuzumi. Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno. Edited by Ralph Kemplen

Michael Parks (Adam), Ulla Bergryd (Eve), Richard Harris (Cain), John Huston (Noah / Voices of God, The Serpent / Offscreen Narrator), Stephen Boyd (Nimrod), George C. Scott (Abraham), Ava Gardner (Sarah), Peter O'Toole (The Three Angels), Gabriele Ferzetti (Lot), Franco Nero (Abel)

About Dimension 150 and the
Super Curvulon lens.

New 70mm print courtesy Schaun Belston & Kevin Barret, 20th Century Fox Library Services, Los Angeles, USA

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Music, Original Music Score Toshirô Mayuzumi


 

At the Cutting Edge: Digital Cinema

18.45 – 19.45 At the Cutting Edge: Digital Cinema With Darren Briggs

This session will cover the current roll-out of D-Cinema and will examine its impact both in the UK and abroad. In addition it will look at Digital IMAX and provide a demonstration of Dolby’s digital 3D system.

Sponsored by Arts Alliance Media with the support of Dolby Digital.
 

"West Side Story"

20.00 – 22.32 "West Side Story" (2:32) + intermission (22:47). Filmed in: 65mm 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Super Panavision 70. Presented on: The curved screen in a new Super Panavision 70 print with a new 5.1 digital DTS soundtrack. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1961. World Premiere: Rivoli, NY, on 18 Oct 1961; UK Royal Command premiere on 26 February 1962 at Odeon Leicester Square (one screening only), followed by a run at the Astoria starting the following day.

1962 Academy Award Wins:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role George Chakiris
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Rita Moreno
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin
Best Cinematography, Color Daniel L. Fapp
Best Costume Design, Color Irene Sharaff
Best Director Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
For the first time a directing award is being shared.
Best Film Editing, Thomas Stanford
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
Best Picture Robert Wise
Best Sound Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD)
Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Ernest Lehman

Official MGM site

Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time,
"West Side Story" earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.

"West Side Story" was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.

Have a look at the alternative Frankentrailer
 

Sunday 22 March 2009

"This is New Zeeland"

09:00 - 10:00 "This is New Zealand"

From 37th Wellington Film Festival web site: Director:
Hugh Macdonald. Year: 1969. Running time: 58 mins. NZ. Screenplay/Editors: Hugh Macdonald, David Jordan. Associate directors: David Jordan, Rob Ritchie. Producer: David H. Fowler. Executive producer: Geoffrey Scott. Photography: Kell Fowler, Murray Creed, Sam Grau. Camera assistant: Rob Wright. Location sound: Kit Rollings, Brian Shennan, Noel Sheridan. Sound editing and mixing: Kit Rollings. Associate mixer: Ron Skelley. Presented in CinemaScope on the flat screen. Digital restoration by: Archives New Zealand and Park Road Post

When Britain joined the Common Market in 1969, New Zealand suddenly had to start promoting itself to the world, in order to develop alternative markets for our goods. One of the ways it did so was to take part in Expo 70, in Osaka, Japan. The star attraction at that event was a revolutionary 20-minute film made by the National Film Unit that introduced viewers to New Zealand in a glorious three-screen (and three-camera) presentation. With highly inventive camera work and editing, it showed everyone where we are, who we are, and - taking advantage of the super-widescreen format - what a spectacularly beautiful land we live in. The film was seen by more than two million people at Expo 70, and by 350,000 more when it returned home afterwards. Hidden from view since that time, this landmark film has been given a stunning restoration by Archives New Zealand and Park Road Post, and it looks - and sounds (now in 5.1 digital) - better than it ever has before.

Print
courtesy of Archives New Zealand

"This is New Zealand" 3-strip EXPO Film From New Zealand


Bob Jessopp: I had organised clearance for this from the National Film Archives through a friend and I believe Bill Lawrence was looking after this. It has now been put onto single 35mm film and looks mighty. I saw it projected onto a 100ft screen and it had people in the audience in tears. I kid you not. I am sure if you do screen it you will not be disappointed.
 

Cineramacana

10:00 – 12:30 Cineramacana including the odd surprise and the Academy of the Widescreen Weekend presentation.

One of the most popular events of the Widescreen Weekend and a great way to wake up on a Sunday morning, Cineramacana brings together all those little bits and pieces that lie around in people’s cupboards or on dusty shelves in archives and seldom see the light of a projector. Over the years there have been some magical discoveries and nobody knows what will be shown until the event itself. Even then there is the occasional surprise.

Randy Gitsch has a brief History on 70mm Cinerama shorts he will use to introduce "Bridge to Space" (1968) (18 minutes, faded), directed by "Cinerama Holiday", "Windjammer" and "Sky over Holland" widescreen veteran Robert Gaffney, with Charles Trieschmann producing for NASA and Seneca Productions, and "Concorde" (1970) (around 20 minutes, faded), directed by Pierre Jallaud for Open University Productions, are the two films.

Dion Hanson’s presentation on the projection room refurbishment 15 – 20 minutes.

And there will just be time for the traditional Audience on stage photograph of all the WSW delegates.

 

70mm Short Film Premiere: "Tanakh Bibelen Al-Quran"

"Tanakh Bibelen Al-Quran" (4'20''). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: MCS-70 Superpanorama. Presented: On the curved screen in 70mm. Sound: DTS 6-track. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: Norway. Production year: 2007 35mm World Premiere: October 2007, Bergen, Norway, UK 70mm Premiere: 22.03.2009 Pictureville, Bradford, UK

Director and screenplay: Ole Mads Sirks Vevle. Photography and editor: Morten Skallerud. Composer: Music published by Touch Music. Sound: B.J. Nilsen. Producer: Ingvild Hellesøy. Production company: Solepropriatorship Ole Mads Sirks Vevle. Genre: Animation. Laboratory: Gulliver, Paris v/Simone Appleby. Technical support: Dominique Benichetti. Sound mix: Europa Post Production, Stockholm, Gabor Pasztor. Financed by: Vestnorsk Filmfond, with thanks to Irmelin Nordahl and Hans Dragesund. Norsk Filmfond, with thanks to Peter Bøe. Fond for Lyd og Bilde.

Summary: One God. One movie. One revelation. 3000 years after the first records of the biblical writings, this movie presents a complete screen version of the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Bible and the Arabic Quran. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away.

Festival participation: 2007 Bergen International Film Festival. 2008 Scandinavian Film Festival, Bonn, Germany. 2008 Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad

The making of "Tanakh Bibelen al-Quran", www.olemadssirksvevle.com, Norwegian Film Institute

Director's mini biography:

Ole Mads Sirks Vevle (b. 1971) won two prizes during the Critics Week at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his short "Love is the Law" (2003), which was co-directed by Eivind Tolås. Vevle was educated at the Nordland Art and Film School, and has made numerous short films and installations. Filmography: 2007: "Tanakh Bibelen Al-Quran" 2006: "Tungetale ved første møte" 2005: "My Loneliness is Killing Me" 2004: "But What's It All About?" 2003: "Love is the Law" 2001: "Int. Morning. Bedroom" 1999: "The Holy Bible"

MCS 70 - Superpanorama films
 

Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh

13.00 – 13.30 Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh presented by Tony Earnshaw
 

"Becket"

13.30 – 16.15 "Becket" (2:28) + intermission. Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in a vintage Panavision 70mm print with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1964 World Premiere: 11.03.1964, US. English premiere: Plaza, Lower Regent Street, London, on 25 March, following the premiere run of "Zulu". "Becket" was the first film shown at the Plaza in 70mm, which was installed for the occasion.

Directed by Peter Glenville. Writing credits Edward Anhalt. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Original Music by Laurence Rosenthal. Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography). Film Editing by Anne V. Coates

Richard Burton (Thomas à Becket), Peter O'Toole  (King Henry II), John Gielgud (King Louis VII of France), Donald Wolfit (Bishop Folliot), Pamela Brown (Queen Eleanor [of Aquitaine], Siân Phillips (Gwendolen)

1965 Academy Award Wins:
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Edward Anhalt.

Academy Award Nominated:

Best Actor in a Leading Role Richard Burton
Best Actor in a Leading Role Peter O'Toole
Best Actor in a Supporting Role John Gielgud
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color John Bryan, Maurice Carter, Patrick McLoughlin, Robert Cartwright
Best Cinematography, Color Geoffrey Unsworth
Best Costume Design, Color Margaret Furse
Best Director Peter Glenville
Best Film Editing Anne V. Coates
Best Music, Score - Substantially Original Laurence Rosenthal
Best Picture Hal B. Wallis
Best Sound John Cox (Shepperton SSD)

Classic struggle between Church and Monarchy. Thomas Becket and King Henry Plantagenet engage in one of the most famous power struggles in English history. When Becket first becomes chancellor and later Archbishop of Canterbury, a rift grows between Henry II and his old friend. Some eager drunken knights trying to please the disgruntled monarch assassinate the cleric in the cathedral.

Two of the finest actors of their generation, Burton and O'Toole, square off in this splendid production of Jean Anouilh's 1959 play. The lifelong friendship of Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is tested and ends in tragedy as Becket grows more confident and thoughtful in his position. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor- Richard Burton, Best Actor--Peter O'Toole. Academy Awards: Best (Adapted) Screenplay (Edward Anhalt).

Re-release poster from eatbrie.com


"Becket" was recently restored. Here are the details from the official "Becket" web site from MPI Media Group: With the original 35mm conformed negative missing, the restoration team set to work on the best available elements: the black & white YCM (yellow, cyan, magenta) separation protection masters. After much time-consuming labor and color timing, and under careful supervision by Michael Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, a recombined color interpositive was created by YCM Labs of Burbank, California.

Meanwhile, the audio restoration team at Chace Productions in Burbank, CA, worked on the original 35mm magnetic tracks. The tracks were in an advanced state of decomposition and shedding significantly to the point of clogging the heads every few feet. In the end, Chace managed to not only faithfully reproduce the original mono soundtrack, but also create breathtaking new 2.0 stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks.

With generous technical and financial support provided by the Film Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the MPI Media Group is proud to present the beautifully restored "Becket."

70mm print curtesy the Kino Mir 70 cinema, Krnov, Czeck Republic
 

"Carousel"

16.45 – 18.55 "Carousel" (2:07). Filmed in: 55mm 8 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: CinemaScope 55. Presented on: The flat screen in a new restored 35mm CinemaScope 55 reduction print with 6-track Dolby Digital. Aspect ratio: 2,55:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1956. World Premiere: 28.06.1956 ROXY, New York, USA (ran for 8 weeks).

Directed by Henry King. Writing credits Phoebe Ephron & Henry Ephron. Produced by Henry Ephron. Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke. Film Editing by William Reynolds

Gordon MacRae (Billy Bigelow), Shirley Jones (Julie Jordan), Cameron Mitchell (Jigger Craigin), Barbara Ruick (Carrie Pipperidge), Claramae Turner (Cousin Nettie)

New 35mm print courtesy Schaun Belston & Kevin Barret, 20th Century Fox Library Services, Los Angeles, USA

From Wikipedia:
The story revolves around Billy Bigelow, a rough-talking, macho, handsome carousel barker, and Julie Jordan, a young, innocent mill worker. They fall in love, but both are fired from their jobs for different reasons - Billy because he paid too much attention to Julie, and Julie because she stayed out past the curfew imposed by the understanding but stern mill owner, Mr. Bascombe. The two marry and go to live at the seaside spa of her cousin Nettie, but Billy becomes bitter because he is unable to find work, and in his frustration, strikes Julie (this moment is not shown at all in the film). Mrs. Mullin,the jealous carousel owner who is infatuated with him, hears of this and goes to Nettie's to offer Billy his old job back, but will not re-hire him unless he leaves his wife. Billy seems to be considering the idea when Julie asks to talk privately. Julie tells him she is pregnant and Billy is overjoyed and overly concerned about her health,- trying to help her up the stairs- and refuses Mrs. Mullins offer.He sings most of his soliloquy about playing and having fun with 'his boy,' then realises it may be a girl, and because of this he sees he needs something to offer his daughter, singing his resolution to do anything, even stealing, to support his little girl. So, concerned about not being able to provide for his child, Billy secretly agrees to join his no-good pal Jigger Craigin in robbing the wealthy Bascombe. On the boat ride with Mr. Snow and his intended to the clanbake that night however he appears uncomfortable and uneasy in mind. During the clambake Jigger tells Mr. Snows fiance that he'll show her how to defend herself. Mr. Snow walks in just in time to see her over his shoulder. He is upset and tells her the engagement is off. During the annual clambake treasure hunt the two men sneak away. They play cards to pass the time till the robbery, playing on credit of the money they will steal. The man they are to rob has a gun and in trying to escape him he is accidently killed on his own knife. Julie gets to him hardly a minute before he dies. His last words are "Julie...hold my hand-tighter... tighter..." The carosel owner Mrs. Mullin arrives desperate to see him just after his death. Fifteen years later, in the other world (apparently the back door of Heaven), he is told that he can return to Earth for one day to make amends. Billy returns to find his daughter Louise emotionally scarred because she is constantly taunted over the fact that her father tried to commit a robbery. Billy, not telling her who he is, makes himself visible, tries to cheer her up, and gives her a star that he stole from Heaven. Louise refuses it, frightened, and Billy, in desperation, slaps her hand. She rushes inside the house and informs Julie of what happened, saying that she did not feel a slap, but a kiss. Billy tries to make himself invisible before Julie can see him, but she has glimpsed him for just a split second, and senses that he has come back for a reason. Billy asks his Heavenly Guide for permission to go to Louise's high school graduation, and there he silently gives both her and Julie the confidence they need and the knowledge that, in spite of everything, he loved Julie.
 

"Khartoum"

19.30 – 21.44 "Khartoum" (2:14) + intermission (22:00). Filmed in: 65mm 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Ultra Panavision 70. Presented on: The curved screen in a new Ultra Panavision 70 print with 6-track DTS soundtrack. Aspect ratio: 2,76:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1966. Premiere: 9. June 1966, Casino Cinerama, in London, England.

Director: Basil Dearden. Photography: Edward Scaife. Music by: Frank Cordell. Produced by Julian Blaustein. Film Editing by Fergus McDonell

Charlton Heston (Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon), Laurence Olivier (The Mahdi), Richard Johnson (Col. J.D.H. Stewart), Ralph Richardson (William Gladstone), Alexander Knox (Sir Evelyn Baring)

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Robert Ardrey

From Wikipedia: The film is about the last months before the British lost their emplacement in Sudan - in theory a subject territory of Egypt - in January 1885. Britain had occupied, but did not formally annex, Egypt in 1883. This is why Gordon, who is technically the "Egyptian" governor of the Sudan, wears a red Egyptian fez.

In 1883, 10,000 untrained Egyptian troops under British command in Sudan are lured into the desert and slaughtered by Arab tribesmen under the leadership of the Mahdi, a religious fanatic who believes he is the "expected one of Mohammed." As a result of the massacre, Britain's Prime Minister William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) reluctantly sends one of England's great military men, Gen. Charles Gordon, to Khartoum with orders to evacuate troops and civilians.

Gordon, a brandy and Bible loving soldier nicknamed "Chinese" because of the 6 years he spent in the East eliminating the centuries-old slave traffic, is told that his mission must remain unofficial and that he has no authority to act in the name of the Queen. Although Gordon is hailed in Khartoum as a savior, he and his only aide, Col. J. D. H. Stewart (Richard Johnson), are unable to negotiate with the Mahdi.

In England, Gladstone, informed of the increasing hopelessness of the situation, orders Gordon home; but, as fanatical in his own right as the Mahdi, Gordon refuses. Following the murder of Stewart, a final confrontation takes place between the two men, and both assert that they welcome death if dying brings about the destruction of their enemy. Soon, Gordon's small army faces the onslaught of 100,000 Arabs.

Khartoum falls, and Gordon is slain by a dervish's spear. His head is mounted on a pole and brought before the Mahdi. Outraged, the Mahdi screams that he forbade such an action. Some months later, the British, under the command of Major Kitchener (Peter Arne), retake the besieged city and Gordon is honored as a national hero.

The political origins of the Khartoum affair are unclear. The film postulates a meeting between the Prime Minister, Mr. Gladstone (correctly shown wearing a finger-stall to cover a finger lost in a shooting accident as a young man), and other officials, which Gladstone ends by declaring never to have taken place.

The secret meeting between Gordon and the Mahdi in the Mahdist camp, as portrayed in the film, is entirely fictional. The final shot of Gordon descending a staircase before being speared to death, is based on a famous painting. Major Kitchener (Peter Arne), who played a role in Gen. Wolseley's (Nigel Green) relief expedition, was himself later a famous general and commanded the Anglo-Egyptian conquest of the Sudan in 1898. He was known thereafter as Lord Kitchener of Khartoum.
 

Monday 23 March 2009

Year of the Dragon

"Year of the Dragon" (2:14). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in a vintage 70mm print with 6-track magnetic Dolby stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1985 World Premiere: 16.08.1985, USA

Directed by Michael Cimino. Screenplay Oliver Stone and Michael Cimino. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Original Music by David Mansfield. Cinematography by Alex Thomson. Film Editing by Noëlle Boisson and Françoise Bonnot

Mickey Rourke (Capt. Stanley White), John Lone (Joey Tai), Ariane (Tracy Tzu), Leonard Termo (Angelo Rizzo), Raymond J. Barry (Louis Bukowski), Caroline Kava (Connie White)

From Wikipedia: Mickey Rourke plays Stanley White, a decorated police captain and Vietnam War veteran who is assigned to New York City's Chinatown, which he makes his personal mission to rid of crime. John Lone plays Joey Tai, a young man who ruthlessly rises up to become the head of the Chinese triad societies, and as a result of his ambition, creates a high profile both for himself and the triads' activities. Together, they end the uneasy truce that has existed between the triads and the police precinct. The film is an exploration of gangs, the illegal drug trade, ethnicity, racism, and stereotypes.
 

"The Electric Horseman"

12.45 – 14.45 "The Electric Horseman" (2:00). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The flat screen in Panavision 70mm with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1979 World Premiere:

Directed by Sydney Pollack. Screenplay Robert Garland. Produced by Ronald L. Schwary & Ray Stark. Original Music by Dave Grusin. Cinematography by Owen Roizman, Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn

Robert Redford (Norman 'Sonny' Steele), Jane Fonda (Alice 'Hallie' Martin), Valerie Perrine (Charlotta Steele); Willie Nelson (Wendell Hickson), John Saxon (Hunt Sears), Sydney Pollack (Man who makes pass at Alice)

From Wikipedia: Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) is a former championship rodeo rider who has sold out to a business conglomerate and is now reduced to making public appearances to sell a brand of breakfast cereal. Prior to making a Las Vegas promotional appearance to ride the champion thoroughbred Rising Star, Sonny discovers the horse has been drugged and is injured. Identifying with the plight of the horse and disillusioned with the present state of his life, Sonny decides to kidnap the animal and travel cross country in order to release it in a remote canyon where herds of wild horses live. Hallie Martin (Jane Fonda), a television reporter eager to be the first to break the Rising Star story, catches up with Sonny and follows him on his unusual quest across the countryside. While en route, the unlikely pair fall in love, all the while having to avoid the pursuing authorities.
 

Widescreen Weekend 2009
70mm Festival

Thursday, 19. March
16:00 - 18:57 "A Star is Born"
20.00 – 22.30 "The King and I"
Friday, 20. March
10:00 – 11:55 “This is Cinerama”
12.30 – 14.30 "The Taming of the Shrew"
15.00 – 17.00 "Faubourg 36"
17.00 – 18.30 Delegates reception
18.45 – 19.45 Screen talk interview with cast & crew of "Where Eagles Dare" etc
20.00 – 22.55 "Where Eagles Dare"

Saturday, 21 March

10.00 – 11.00 Cinerama Ventures
11.15 – 14.30 "How the West Was
15.00 – 18.15 "The Bible...in the beginning"
18.45 – 19.45 At the Cutting Edge of Digital
20.00 – 22.45 "West Side Story"

Sunday, 22 March

09:00 - 10:00 "This is New Zeeland"
10:00 – 12:30 Cineramacana
13.00 – 13.30 Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh presented by Tony Earnshaw
13.30 – 16.15 "Becket"
16.45 – 18.55 "Carousel"
19.30 – 22.00 "Khartoum"

Monday, 23 March

10.00 – 12.15 "Year of the Dragon"
12.45 – 14.45 "The Electric Horseman"
How to get there:
How to travel to Bradford
By Paul Rayton
No matter where you are coming from (unless you are already in the UK), you have to get there by air plus some kind of ground transportation.
 
Accommodation and the Weekend Pass
 
Full Ticket Price List
Jennifer Hall is the bookings co-ordinator, so she can be contacted for bookings and info.

Standard films
£6.00 (Full price adult); £4.50 (Concession); £5.00 (FOF); £3.50 (FOF conc).

Premium films
£10.00 (Full price adult); £7.00 (Concession); £9.00 (FOF); £6.00 (FOF conc).

Presentations/lectures
£3.50 (Full price adult); £2.50 (Concession); £2.50 (FOF); £1.50 (FOF conc).

Passes
£85 (Full price adult) - works out at £101 for all tickets.
£65 (Concession) - works out at £73.50 for all tickets.
£75 (FOF) - works out at £86.00 for all tickets.
£55 (FOF conc) - works out at £58.50 for all tickets.
 
Film Festival Rates March 2009
The Midland Hotel
+44 1274 735735
Joanne Miller.

Film Festival Rates 2009

Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights @ £46.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom.

Bed & Breakfast for 3 nights @ £42.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 3 night reservation will be upgraded, subject to availability, and will be given a complimentary bottle of wine in their bedroom upon arrival.

Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights @ £38.00 per person per night sharing a Standard Double/Twin bedroom. 4 night reservation will receive the above and Dinner complimentary on one of the evenings.

*Premium bedroom supplement of £10.00 per person per night.
*A single supplement of £30.00 applies per room per night.

Dinner will be available from £16.95 per person, per night with a Special Themed Menu running throughout the festival.

Bookings are to be made directly through the Midland Hotel and festival guests will be advised to quote "Bradford International Film Festival" when booking.
 
Other Bradford Hotels
Holiday Inn Express
Prices from £__ per room per night
+44 0870 850 9083

Great Victoria Hotel Prices from £__ per room per night
+44 01274 728706

This is the Museum's corporate rate, so delegates must state is on the National Media Museum rate.

Hilton Hotel
Prices from £__ per room per night
+44  01274 734734
 
Academy of the Widecreen Weekend
The past winners are:

2009 -
2008 - Bill Lawrence
2007 - David Strohmaier
2006 - Francois Carrin
2005 - Paul H. Rayton
2004 - Anthony B. Sloman
2003 - Keith Swadkins
2002 - Willem Bouwmeester
2001 - Thomas Hauerslev (Chairman)
2000 - John Belton
1999 - Howard Rust
 
What is Cinerama?

Cinerama is a very complicated projection process with three projectors electronically locked together, showing three 35mm films side by side on the same curved screen, at the same time. Cinerama, very effectively creates an illusion of reality, by photographing an extreme wide-angle picture on three strips of film. Cinerama is shown on a large curved screen like
Pictureville's. The curve is defined as being 146 degrees of a circle. The screen is geometrically the same size as the human eye, which when a spectator sits somewhere close to the center of the circle, looking at the middle of the screen, he’s having A First Person Experience. He’s having the sensation he is there, right in the middle of the action. The audience will feel a sensation of participation. 

Why does a Cinerama screen have to be deeply curved?

”If you photograph a cavalry of horses coming toward you and sweeping past, using conventional narrow angle lenses (and this includes CinemaScope), the camera never sees the sides of the horses. If this is now projected on a screen, even a wide curved one, wrapped around the audience, as the horses go off the screen, they all turn facing you and gallop sideways. This is a subtle effect, but the fact that you never see the sides of objects, destroys the participation effect - the sense of being in the middle of the action.”

Brian O'Brien, Jr. about Cinerama.
 
Hi Thomas,

I've just seen the WW line-up on your website and it's terrific - the best in years! Looking forward to seeing you again in March.

Best regards, Sheldon

Dr. Sheldon Hall
Senior Lecturer, Film Studies
Faculty of Development and Society
Sheffield Hallam University
Room 1130, Owen Building
Howard Street
Sheffield S1 1WB
 
Hi Thomas,

What a great programme. The only problem will be finding the time to eat! We booked our passes on Friday.

See you in March,
Malcolm.
 
 
More in 70mm reading:

Widescreen Weekend home

Derren Nesbitt's visit gallery

2009 Galleries:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cinerama at the Pictureville Cinema
65/70mm Workshop

"Where Eagles Dare" - Cinema Retro ‘Movie Classics’ Special

"Where Eagles Dare" - 40th Anniversary 1969 - 2009


Internet link:

National Media Museum

Bradford Film Festival

Screen Talk: Michael Wilson

IMAX Schedule


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





26.03.2009

Bill/Thomas,

Thanks very much for another most enjoyable Widescreen Weekend. I even found time to eat and my only regret was that I had to miss Carousel.

I think that the highlight for me was Where Eagles Dare even if it was shown on the flat screen - it definitely lost some of its impact. This has to be the best use of music to keep the tension and it shows why a blow-up was such an improvement in mono optical pre-Dolby days. The interview with Derren Nesbitt was most entertaining and a real bonus.

I was also very impressed by the digital presentation of How the West Was Won. The picture and sound were superb and if this is the only way to see the travelogues and Brothers Grimm then it must be encouraged. Please keep showing film where copies exist.

I had not known what to expect with Faubourg 36 but thouroughly enjoyed it and the sub-titling was excellent.

Other high points were Khartoum and This is New Zealand.

For next year is there any chance of re-showing the best of the Fox new prints (such as The Sound of Music and Hello Dolly) before the copies disappear?

Best wishes,

Andrew
 

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