Murder at the "Lichtburg"
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|Written by: Ulrich Rostek
The curtain opened - and once again the Kinoton FP75E in germany's largest movie
theatre started rolling for the pre premiere of Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on
the Orient Express" on Wednesday, the 8th of november. It was the second
engagement of 70mm film technology this year, following Christopher Nolan's
"Dunkirk" in Essen's "Lichtburg".
The story starts spectacular with an almost James Bond like prologue, where
mastermind Hercule Poirot is introduced with his character's full spectrum -
eccentric, pedantic on the brink of insanity, blessed with an almost
supernatural sense of intuition. He solves his first case just in passing by and
brings down the villain the coolest way since Indiana Jones. Yes, and this
spectacular moustache is longing for the widest screen available.
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Mord in der Lichtburg
Cinema as it Should Be - 70MM at the
"Murder on the Orient Express"
70mm film - delicate food for the little grey cells
A film based movie performance is something unique, especially with modern high
resolution film stock, especially with 70mm film. A virgin print, no dust, no
scratches, an image steadiness like solid rock. The fine film grain is hardly
ever noticable and yet it adds something organic to the projected image,
breathes life into the moving picture; a phenomenon digital projection is
lacking - sadly.
Carpenters, taylors, and makeup artists did a very good job. Every tiny little
detail, even the shortest stubbles in a well shaved face, the fine texture of
the fantastic costumes, the filigran grain of the noble woodworks - everything
appears so clear and living - almost three dimensional.
Some critics mocked about a somewhat restrained directing style. In my opinion
Branagh found exactly the right pace for an old fashioned period movie. Just
because there are so many details to be watched - the eyes are always wandering
around the frame - the spectators need more time to absorb the scenery and are
grateful when this time is given. This is what makes the difference between a
70mm presentation and just movie.
Yes, this is great cinema which deserves to be degusted on the large screen in
the best image quality and in an appropriate ambience. Let us hope for and make
our contribution to the film beeing a success. Then we may probably look
foreward to a sequel - hopefully in 70mm. I am already keen on it.
The magnificent Two
Some amazing figures: Kenneth Branagh is the only actor/director who not only
directed two movies shot in 65/70mm ("Hamlet" and "Murder") but
also took over the leading roles in this two productions. He also gave his two
co-actors Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi the chance to add two 70mm films to their
carreers. Branagh himself appeared with "Dunkirk" and "Murder" in
two 70mm productions this year, portraying two characters that could not be more
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