70mm Day in Aalborg
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|Written by: Johan C. M. Wolthuis,
International 70mm Publishers
Wales, Brian Walters and Brian Guckian looking at images. Image by Anders
On the Friday of April 25, I travelled all the way from my hometown
Arnhem in The Netherlands to Aalborg in the far North of Denmark during
a twelve hour train ride to join the celebration of 25 year Biffen 70mm
Cinema on Saturday. The day started in the morning with a new 70mm print
of "West Side Story" with a time code for DTS [Datasat] digital
sound, screened on the curved screen as it should be screened! And of
course with the sound coming from all five speakers behind the screen
and from the surround speakers in this beautiful amphitheatre
auditorium. The curved screen measures 10 m wide and in the projection
room are (of course) two DP 70 projectors from the fifties, in full
service. This was a print that they had on loan for two screenings from
the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam who had bought the print in 2009,
during the great one and only 70mm Retrospective in Berlin which was
part of the Berlinale Filmfestival that year. After the finale of this
musical event the visitors were invited to take part in a lunch on the
first floor of the theatre.
In the middle of the lunch floor Orla Nielsen, owner of the cinema, had
arranged four tables for Johan Wolthuis of International 70mm
Publishers, for his book signing session and for showing his 5
impressive Archive books from famous 70mm films such as "Oklahoma!",
"Around the World in 80 Days", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Cleopatra"
and "Far and Away". Guest of honour Oliver
Michael Todd, grand son of Mike Todd, was especially interested by the
large book with pictures and articles of “Around the World”.
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The Golden Elephant Award
70MM Film Event at Biffen, Aalborg
Denmark, 26. April 2014
Graves and unknown MGM actress appearing in 65mm footage filmed by Fred
Zinnemann and photographed by Harry Stradlin 3. August 1953.
The afternoon was a combination of a lecture and short films. Orla
Nielsen opened the program, welcoming his guests and screened a 17
minutes documentary about the building of his cinema.
Then the microphone was handed to Johan Wolthuis who surprised Thomas
Hauerslev with a Golden Elephant Award for his work on in70mm.com. Next
were screened old 70mm prints such as “The Miracle of Todd-AO”
and “The March of Todd-AO” both 70mm shorts from the fifties.
Thomas Hauerslev continued the program with a lecture about the history
of the Todd-AO process. Followed by unique 70mm test scenes filmed in
1953, with an old Mitchell 65mm camera from the thirties with the new
Todd-AO lenses mounted on it, taken before the filming of "Oklahoma!"
actually started. With a couple “in a Surrey with the Fringe on Top”
looking like Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones starring in the film, but
they were look-alikes [One actor was Peter Graves]. For the visitors from
abroad Ireland, Sweden, England, USA, Australia and Holland it was
a pity [A document in English was handed out to foreign guests] the lecture was spoken in Danish (without subtitles!), but the
accompanying images on the screen needed no explanation for those of us
being long-time 70mm addicts!
Todd enjoying being interviewed by Thomas Hauerslev in front of an enthusiastic 70mm
audience. Image by Anders Olsson
Then Thomas Hauerslev had his very interesting interview (in
English) with Oliver Michael Todd in front of the auditorium. After this
program most of us went to a nearby restaurant where we could have a
buffet and time to talk with old an new friends.
Around 8 o'clock in the evening, a screening started of the famous
”2OO1: A Space Odyssey” on the curved screen. This was also a good
(not faded) print that came from Warner Brothers in London. Some time
after the end of this screening around midnight Orla Nielsen offered us
a Danish beer, which was the best thing to finish this remarkable 70mm
Day. It was really worth the 12 hour train ride from my home town Arnhem
and on the way back I had finally the time to do some writing.
The next day I immediately went to a bookshop to buy a large map of Denmark.
I wanted to know where my train came along through the beautiful landscape
of Denmark with it's many lakes/sea sides, railway stations, cities,
bridges, etc. Handy for next year!
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