70mm filmfestival in Krnov/Czech
Republic 8 – 10 April 2011
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|Written by: Jean-Luc
About “Krrr!” there is already some
information by Hans Hänßler here. In
addition to that, it’s true that “Days of Heaven” was very pink and was
often off focus due to distortion of the film support. About the sound, I
guess it was mostly due to incorrect balance between channels of the cinema
very rare Russian film by Saava Kulish. That was a very fine print, had
probably been rarely screened, had no scratches and kept it’s color due to
the different Russian color process (Sovcolor?). Sound was also perfect. I
cant say much about the plot as it was shown in original Russian language
with Czech subtitles that didn’t helped me very much! It appeared to be
about a Russian astronomer named “Tsiolkovski” whose theories made possible
the launching of Rockets in the years that followed (The film ends with
scenes of the Russian Rocket complex at the time the film was shot). The
film include very “experimental” shots, with odd “fish-eye” scenes, and is
definitely more an “art” film than a wide public production, it’s shot
entirely on location with mostly outdoor cinematography that is extremely
enjoyable, in addition to that the film is very talkative and has
practically non stop dialogues! I have serious doubts in the sources that
say that the film was blown up from 35mm, compared to blow-ups of the period
the picture is very pristine, I am practically sure that these sources are
incorrect and that it was actually shot on 70mm film (probably
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KRRR! 6th 70mm Film Fest Krnov
Krnov was indeed the place to be this year
for this rare event, especially for people with some knowledge of the
“The Sound of Music” was shown in a restored print with DTS
sound, this print came from L.A. for the event. In my opinion the
picture quality is much less pristine than the old vintage pink prints
I’ve seen previously. But of course colours were back, I was not 100%
satisfied with colour timing though. Hans may be right in saying that it
was printed a bit too dark also.
Most of the attendees stayed for the cold buffet served after the film.
You could get a few pints of Czech beer for a very reasonable price in
addition to that... It was a very friendly atmosphere and you could get
to know each other a little bit and talk about the films of the day
among other things.
On the Saturday morning, "55 Days at Peking" was shown in a
vintage (pink) print with hardly any scratches in a French dubbed
version. The same exact same print that was shown in Bradford last year.
Film was shot in Super Technirama in Madrid. Rumours said that Charlton
Heston that was fed up to see Nicholas Ray drunk on set most of the time
requested that the production sent another director to replace him (Guy
Green?), as to Ava Gardner, she appeared to be suffering from the same
symptoms and her shot had to be made early in the day before she was too
much drunk! She was apparently spending her nights in the Madrid bars...
Despite all this, the film has definitely a Nick Ray atmosphere, and is
very enjoyable even now days.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" was shown in
a vintage print with colours almost completely gone with practically only
pink left. I don't remember well enough the previous prints I’ve seen in the
past but it’s definitely not the best blow-up I’ve seen, with a great lack
of sharpness and detail, 35mm prints probably look better! But at least the
6 tracks magnetic were of some comfort.|
A real of “This is Cinerama” transferred to 70mm was shown. It had
definitely not the quality of a true Cinerama screening, with too much
contrast and great loss of sharpness and less dynamic in the sound compared
to the Bradford print in it’s original format, but most Czech people had not
seen the film and therefore were quite happy to see this reel I guess.
"Playtime" (1967) was shown in it’s 2002 restored version with DTS
sound, I helped the festival in getting this one from France. Picture
quality is very sharp and colour timing looks really fine with it’s odd
approximately 1.75:1 original aspect ratio, slightly reduced to 1.85:1 to
fit today standards. you can read Jean-René Falliot’s notes about the
restoration on “in70mm.com”. It
was decided to play the original French DTS discs as the so called
international version mix seemed less satisfying. The new mix was also done
in two versions, one conformed to the original 6 tracks mix: (Left, mid
Left, Center, mid Right, Right, Surround). A new one for theatres equipped
in accordance to Dolby requirements in 5.1: (Left, Center, Right, Left
Surround, Right Surround & Sub). It was decided to show the one conformed to
the original 6 tracks mix. The film itself is very enjoyable with “Mr Hulot”
character played by Jacques Tati himself. I had forgotten how much Blake
Edwards was inspired by this film when he directed “The Party” the next
year, which includes some gags that are practically identical.
"Dune" was shown in a vintage
prints that didn't look any worse than the others I’ve seen.
The print was from the UK, it is very possibly the same one that was
shown in Bradford. Before the show a 35mm B&W newsreel was shown about
the first link from the United States to Prague.|
"Alien3" was shown in the best possible demonstration of how a
blow up from 35mm should look like! Picture quality was extremely
pristine and had possibly more sharpness and detail than the “The
Sound of Music” restoration! In addition to that geeks could spot
the special effects scenes shot in 70mm that are crystal clear
(especially the planet shots at the beginning & end of the film).
Magnetic sound was brilliant too, print has no scratches and is really
in perfect shape. This print came from UK too and was possibly screened
previously in Bradford. A vintage 70mm reel of "Cleopatra" was
On the Sunday morning was shown “Old Shatterhand” an odd European
western, in a French version shot in Superpanorama 70 with an MCS70
camera (Modern Cinema Systems) using 65mm negative. Print was pristine
but heavily scratched all the way unfortunately, and was also quite
pink. As Hans mentioned, Raiders of the Lost Ark", "The Sound of Music" &
"Alien3", were shown a second time on the Sunday.
Kino Mir 70 was upgraded to D-Cinema just after the festival, including
3D, and sound system was totally renewed at the same time and the screen
was also changed.
Photos here. Next year festival
will be shown on a brand new system with the best possible quality.
I have a small correction to Jean-Luc's recent article.
The "DUNE" print came from Universal's vaults in Hollywood. It
had not been inspected since 1992 and was in pristine condition (both
colour and sound). There is a print in the UK, but Universal did not
allow it to be pulled for the KRRR event as its condition was unknown.
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