Wide Screen Weekend 1998
The 70mm Newsletter
and pictures by: Thomas Hauerslev
entrance to Pictureville Cinema
Wide Screen Weekend in Bradford, England went really well this year. The
weekend is an important part of the larger Bradford Film Festival and is
sought out by many people. Many subscribers to The 70mm Newsletter had
the opportunity to say hello to each other and share memories and
interests. Yours Truly interviewed festival organizer Mr. Bill Lawrence
and projectionists Mr. Duncan McGregor and Mr. Tony Cutts.
in 70mm reading:
Richard Vaughan "up against the wall".
All film prints were received in
time for the showings and Mr. Lawrence proudly opened the Wide
Screen Weekend Friday afternoon by introducing David Lean´s
Daughter", using a rare, almost non-faded, 70mm print from
Norway. In issue 54 in September, Mr. Tony Sloman will write more about "Ryan´s
Daughter". One of the other highlights was certainly the
presentation of "Oklahoma!" in Todd-AO on the Cinerama screen. I sat in
the first row to experience The
Greatest Show in Todd-AO at 30 frames per second. I enjoyed every
minute of it. It was fun and, in my mind, I envisioned myself at the
Rivoli in 1955. The film was well staged, directed, mixed, photographed,
scored etc, etc, and was simply grand entertainment. In the audience was
Mrs. Linda Atton, Mr. Fred Zinnemann´s private secretary for the past
25 years. Adding to the poignancy of the screening that evening the date
of the evening (March 14, 1998) was exactly one year since Mr. Zinnemann
passed away in Hollywood. All 302 seats were nearly sold out and, as an
extra bonus, "The Miracle of
Todd-AO" was shown before the film.
Contrary to popular belief,
"Miracle" was not
shown with "Oklahoma!" until May 25th 1956 (Daily Variety, April 25, 1956) and "Miracle" was not
made by Michael Todd, it was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates,
photographed in the spring of 1956. And the official title has
officially been "The Miracle of
Todd-AO" since the first public performance.
Paul Gerber, Mr. Hans-Kristian Bukholm, Mr. Morten Skallerud and Mr.
morning March 15th was devoted to a program called "Cineramacana
and 70mm shorts", a wonderful mixture of 70mm short films,
Cinerama items and rare odd reels. In the audience that morning were
several 70mm short film makers, including Mr. Hans-Kristian Bukholm ("Svalbard - Arctic Season"), Mr. Morten Skallerud ("A
Year Along The Abandoned Road") and Mr. Paul Gerber ("Norway"
and "Symbiosis" a.k.a
from the States. All three gentlemen introduced their films, which were
then shown in 70mm on the flat screen. This was a rare opportunity to
see these 70mm short films publicly. It was another favorite program
among members of the audience and, later that day, "Svalbard - Arctic Season"
was shown again, this time by public demand on
the huge curved Cinerama screen.
Can" in Todd-AO projected by Cinemeccanica
Click picture to see enlargement.
the week-end there was a pervasive "magnetic" atmosphere of
70mm film. The audience, impressed by the new and old films on today´s
projection technology, often visited the
box/booth to ask the patient projectionists questions about
performance and 70mm prints. The projectionist crew, Duncan, Jennifer,
Juan and Tony, did a fantastic job working almost around the clock to
satisfy the desires of the ever-demanding 70mm aficionados in the
assemblage. They all got a rousing round of applause from the audience
at the end of Sunday for a job well done.
Look forward to another wide screen festival at Bradford next
year. It promises to have more films and surprises.
Bradford Film Festival goes from strength to strength. In its 4th
year, attendance reached nearly 9000 spectators - topping last year's
count. Many people took advantage of the opportunity to see rare treats
such as the sold-out performance of "Oklahoma!"
Todd-AO. Many guests flew in from all over the word, sometimes just for
a day. Look forward to next year's Festival, during the first weeks of
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