"Windjammer" Triumphant Return to Hamburg
257 Guests Attending German Premiere of remastered version
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and photographed by: Thomas Hauerslev, live on the spot....||Date:
Gitsch, Rita Baukrowitz, Jan Halvorsen and Dave Strohmaier. Jan was cadet #34 on
the voyage of Christian Radich in the film|
The Cinemiracle adventure
"Windjammer", well known among widescreen fans and especially by the
readers of in70mm.com, was shown in Hamburg (Germany) on Thursday night May
5th 2011. Kinemathek Hamburg celebrated Hamburg harbour's 822th birthday by
showing a series of unique Norwegian films, including "Windjammer",
"Kon-Tiki" and footage from Roald Amundsens' expedition to the South
Pole in 1911.
The re-mastered version of "Windjammer" was accompanied by
Randy Gitsch and
David Strohmaier, presenting "The Making of...", a unique 30 min
show that chronicles the work that went into making this new version of this
classic 3-strip film.
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"Windjammer" sails into the Kinemathek
"Windjammer" in Hamburg Gallery
"Windjammer" in Hamburg
"Windjammer" in Cinemiracle
More Savoy Adverts Supplement to the story
of Hamburg's First Todd-AO Theatre
"Wimdjammer" audience waiting to get in.|
Kinemathek organizer Mrs Rita Baukrowitz
estimated around 200 people [257 showed up] showed up for the 20:00 o'clock German premiere,
but it seemed as a bigger audience to me. The foyer was packed to the
rafters when the doors opened to the cinema and everyone went in to find their
But before all this, I arrived by train just after midday at the Hauptbahnhof. Dave and Randy met me on the platform with big smiles, maybe
because I'd brought my Cinerama sign which I was "flashing" in front of
them. Before lunch we had to go to the Metropolis Kino to make the necessary
tests to run the show in the evening.
Fantastic review. Itís great to see a crowd like that at a screening
that means so much to them.
Tom March, USA
Your Hamburg report is wonderful.
Cheers Gerhard Witte, Berlin
Making of Windjammer Remaster show|
The Kinemathek had rented a digital
projector for this show. Brought in from Holland, the technician and the
projectionist worked with Dave in the early afternoon to make the image fit
the screen and arrange when the curtains should be opened and closed again.
Randy and I went inside the cinema to get a feel of the sound level. It all
went without problems. Since the screen is curved, the SmileBox version
appears even more curved and it is amazing how SmileBox adds to the
sensation of looking at a deeply curved screen. It really works!
A surprise guest of the evening, was Cadet #34
Mr. Jan Halvorsen who had
flown in from Oslo, Norway to be present at the Metropolis cinema. He
enjoyed the evening and the interest the audience showed him and the film. Many guests came up to him to talk about the film and expressed
Peter Grage with his souvenir program. Signed twice in 1959 and 62 - for each viewing. Now
he must add a new date|
I saw several people who had
brought their "Windjammer"
souvenir program from 1959 and
they looked forward to seeing the film again, nearly 50 years later. Rita
was very surprised to experience this "cult like" and dedicated following
this film has. She never expected to get visitors from German cities like
Berlin and Essen and many more places, "just" to see an old film, like
"Windjammer". One guest even made a huge poster especially for this
The Kinemathek is located at the Metropolis cinema, and you will be
interested to know, that it is actually the former
Savoy cinema, the first purpose-built Todd-AO cinema of Europe. So,
it was indeed a historic evening presenting a digital and SmileBoxed version
of Cinemiracle on the curved Todd-AO screen. Interestingly, the screen still
has the mechanism for adjusting the curvature between CinemaScope and
Todd-AO. I assume it does not work, but I saw it sitting attached to the
screen and rear wall of the cinema.
audience, the film, the cinema - everything comes together in Cinemiracle at
A small glitch appeared at the intermission. Somehow the Kinemathek didn't
know there was an intermission in "Windjammer", and suddenly the
audience went out in the foyer to a surprised and unprepared staff. The
staff was setting up tables, wine and food to make this German premiere
special. They were not ready, however, and had to serve the audience the red
wine which was in the glasses already. The audience didn't seem mind I
think, and once the film was finally over, the food was ready, and the
glasses had been re-filled.
When the film was over, many guests came over to Dave and Randy to talk
about it and tell them how much it meant for them to see it again. One
repeating question is "When do we get to see it on DVD"?
Metropolis by night.|
The remastered version of "Windjammer" continues to please people.
They seem to appreciate the fact that it is finally back into European
cinemas. The "widescreeners" continue to attend these rare screenings which
have now taken place in Hamburg (Germany),
Bradford (UK) and of course in
"Windjammer" has a very special place in the hearts of many, many Europeans
who saw the film as a child. The film left an unforgettable impression. It
feels like a long lost brother who has finally returned.
The clock indicated it was "midnight" and we were hungry, and it was time to
leave the Metropolis. Jan, Dave, Randy and myself went out to seek a very late dinner,
and unable to find a place to eat, we ended up in a fine Turkish diner,
where we had spicy lamb with rice and a coke. We said goodbye to Jan who was
going home to Oslo the following day. Dave and Randy stayed in Hamburg until
Sunday and I returned to Copenhagen.
See the "Windjammer" in Hamburg Gallery
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