“Interstellar” at the BFI IMAX in London
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|Written by: Ulrich
on my way to IMAX. The cliffs of Dover in the background on the journey to
When I read here on “in70mm.com”
that Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was partially shot in IMAX
and would be performed in real 70mm IMAX I was pretty curious about it.
Unfortunately the few (real film based) IMAX cinemas in Germany were closed
a couple of years ago and for my travelling budget being very tight I
dropped the plan to take a trip to England only to watch that single movie.
But after reading the short but enthusiastic report by Wolfram Hannemann
about his "Interstellar"/70mm IMAX experience in Bradford I was
immediately set on fire again. A cheap special offer bus tour brought me to
The BFI IMAX is proud to present the biggest screen in Britain – and really
it is! Having booked a seat in the 5th row, center, my whole field of vision
was covered by the giant almost square shaped screen. Before the show
started the theatre’s manager gave some short instructions concerning the
use of mobile phones: “Please do not record this movie with your mobile.
This film is not meant to be watched on such a tiny little display. And,
furthermore, it’s illegal.”
The trailershow – screened in IMAX digital – revealed the limitations of 2k
digital projection on such a large screen. The pixel grid pattern was too
obvious and irritating. But when they changed to the 70mm IMAX projection of
“Interstellar” it felt like a veil being lifted, like the fog being
blown away. Even the letterboxed Panavision sequences of “Interstellar”
looked great on the giant screen, although the limits of 35 mm photography
became obvious due to lacking sharpness. The IMAX sequences – grainless,
razor sharp, and amazingly detailed, backed up by that marvelous almost
-like sound – really gave me that hyper realistic first person experience
which I not even sensed with our beloved
Cinerama. This visual impression
soon dragged me into the movie – not leaving much brain capacity to think
about the one or the other logical disruption of the plot and the somewhat
It took me the whole end credits to find my way out of the black holes and
get my feet back on steady ground. My personal conclusion: If there is
anything that might top widescreen then it is IMAX “highscreen” – in
glourious 70 mm 15 perf.
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