5. Todd-AO 70mm-Festival
Schauburg Cinerama cinema, Karlsruhe, Germany
2 - 4 October 2009
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|Text and images by: Herbert Born & Thomas Hauerslev||Date: 30.08.2009. Updated 03-04-12|
|Karlsruhe being dressed up for 70mm festival with posters in city streets. Image by Herbert Born|
We are now finalizing the 5th instalment of the “Todd-AO 70mm Festival“ to be held this year from 2 - 4 October 2009 at the Schauburg in Karlsruhe, Germany.
This festival, dedicated to a movie format over 50 years old, is a dream for a lot of movie fans around the world. Today, movies and cinemas have reached a time of change – a change from film based to digital cinema and a change in the way movies are felt and understood. We are sure, that our “Todd-AO 70mm Festival” presented on the curved screen of the Schauburg not only will make you remember cinema-going from a time long ago, but also make you aware of the responsibility we all have: To honour the genius of so many people who have given us stories and unforgettable moments in breathtaking and crystal clear large format pictures.
|The Schauburg Festival facade sign being painted Thursday 24. September. Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
Let us hope, that the splendour of 70mm not only serves our nostalgic dreams, but also offers the chance for a young audience to experience a historic and magic landmark of cinema.
Accommodation and the Weekend Pass
|Weekend pass is EURO 100,00. Single entrance EURO 9,00 per show, GALA on Saturday evening EURO 11,00, students EURO 7,00 and children EURO 5,00. weekend-pass for students is Euro 70,00.|
The weekend pass includes entrance to all screenings at the festival.
|The Novotel Hotel in Karlsruhe. Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
The weekend pass includes no accommodation, but we have an arrangement with a very good hotel just around the corner from the cinema. The price per night is EUR 67,00 for one person and EUR 83,00 for 2 persons in a superior double-room without breakfast. Complimentary breakfast for weekend pass holders in Schauburg on Saturday and Sunday morning.
|The weekend pass also includes the following additional bonuses:|
• Welcome Coffee/Tee, Softdrink on arrival
• Festival Program brochure
• Entrance to Friday's get together with free beer specialties from the local HOEPFNER brewery
• Breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday morning at 09.00 in the SCHAUBURG foyer
• Complimentary lunch break on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• Meet the cameramen from MCS 70
Hotel reservations can be made through Herbert Born or directly at the hotel +49 721 35260. Please remember to ask for the special "Schauburg-Festival" rate.
|The 5th Schauburg Todd-AO 70mm Festival|
|Friday, 2. October|
|"Paint Your Wagon"|
"In Harms Way"
Saturday, 3 October
"Solomon and Sheba"
Sunday, 4 October
"The Fall of the Roman Empire"
|2009 Credits. The organisers wish to thank the following individuals for their help.|
- Schneider Optics
- Hoepfner Privat Brau
- Der Kurier
Dr. Peter Kohl
Vincent Koch & Marcus Vetter
Get the 2009 postcard
Press link or image for the 2-page PDF file
|The Schauburg Cinerama is one of the few surviving cinemas, with 70mm projectors, a red curtain and the huge curved and wide 70mm screen. It’s the perfect framework for the presentation of 70mm with 6-track sound. Some films are in original versions and some, "70mm Vintage Classics", are dubbed into German.|
The 2009 Weekend program will offer a variety of old 70mm films with a GALA performance on Saturday evening celebrating the world of 70mm film.
Traditional breakfast and lunch function on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Around the world in Three Days on the curved Cinerama screen. Almost everything is screened in the majestic 70mm format at the Schauburg cinema in Karlsruhe.
|More in 70mm reading:|
Wolfram Hannemann's 2009 introductions
70mm Festival Foreword
2009 gallery Friday
2009 gallery Saturday
2009 gallery Sunday
2009 gallery Posters
Reclaim the Cinemas! Schauburg's 5th Todd-AO Festival in October 2009, in Retrospect
Rückeroberung der Kinos!
2008 70mm Festival
2007 70mm Festival
2006 70mm Festival
2005 70mm Festival
1968 Super Cinerama
Super Technirama 70
Super Panavision 70
Ultra Panavision 70
Schauburg, Karlsruhe Germany
On-line weekend pass & self print
Contact: Herbert Born for reservations
Att: Herbert Born
Office: +49 721 3500 011
Cell +49-151-1668 9172
Schauburg in 360 degree images
Schauburg's opera cinema
For three days in October 2009, the famous Cinerama cinema "Filmtheater Schauburg" in Karlsruhe, Germany presents a series of classic film epics in the king of all film formats: 70mm.
70mm film is an experience unlike anything you have ever seen - a High Definition movie experience with extremely sharp images and crystal clear 6 track stereo.
Join us and be part of this unique event and share the excitement together with visitors from all around the world - including Holland, Germany, Denmark, England, USA and France - and hopefully many more.
"Paint Your Wagon" - Friday, 2. October 2009, 10:00
|"Paint Your Wagon" / "Westwärts zieht der Wind" (2:20) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The curved screen in Panavision 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1969 World Premiere: 15.10.1969. West Germany premiere: 10.03.1970|
Directed by Joshua Logan. Writing credits: Paddy Chayefsky (adaptation), Alan Jay Lerner (musical play "Paint Your Wagon" & screenplay). Produced by Alan Jay Lerner. Original Music by Nelson Riddle. Cinematography by William A. Fraker. (director of photography). Film Editing by Robert C. Jones. Fred Hynes (stereophonic re-recording supervisor), William Randall (sound mixer)
Lee Marvin (Ben Rumson), Clint Eastwood (Pardner), Jean Seberg (Elizabeth), Harve Presnell (Rotten Luck Willie), Ray Walston (Mad Jack Duncan)
40th Anniversary Screening
1970 Nominated Oscar
Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Nelson Riddle
allmovie.com: After a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint Eastwood) is his companion. When Ben buys a woman from a Mormon, Elizabeth (Jean Seberg) expects equal rights for her gender and chooses to live with both men. Ben and Pardner tunnel under the boomtown to gather the fallen gold dust that has filtered through the cracks of the saloon and other places. The musical comedy features 13 songs, the most recognizable being "They Call The Wind Maria". The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helps out on the song "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans". Both Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin are given a chance to show their vocal ability (or lack of it) in several songs. The initial release fell far short of regaining the millions put into the production, and most critics dipped their pens in poison to pan the picture -- though the film plays better than the critics would lead anyone to believe. Many jumped on the Paint Your Wagon smear campaign after the film proved to be not nearly as successful as other musicals.
"Krakatoa" - Friday, 2. October 2009, 13:00
|"Krakatoa, East of Java" / "Krakatoa - Das größte Abenteuer des letzten Jahrhunderts" (2:11) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Todd-AO. Presented on: The curved screen in Todd-AO with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1968 World Premiere: 17.03.1969 in Madrid, Spain. West Germany premiere: 28.03.1969.|
Original roadshow version
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski. Writers: Cliff Gould and Bernard Gordon. Produced by William R. Forman. Original Music by Frank De Vol. Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer. Film Editing by Walter Hannemann, Warren Low & Maurice Rootes
Maximilian Schell (Captain Hanson), Diane Baker (Laura), Brian Keith (Connerly), Barbara Werle (Charley), Sal Mineo (Leoncavallo), Rossano Brazzi (Giovanni), John Leyton (Rigby)
40th Anniversary Screening
1970 Nominated Oscar
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Eugène Lourié
allmovie.com: "Volcano" is the reissue title of the muddled disaster flick "Krakatoa: East of Java". The name change was reportedly put into effect after thousands of filmgoers noted publicly that Krakatoa is west of Java. As might be expected, the story takes place in 1883, when the long-dormant volcano at Krakatoa erupted with A-bomb force. Since everyone knows what's coming, the filmmakers try to stir up suspense with a gratuitous subplot involving ship's-captain Maximilian Schell and his mutinous crew (a similar plot device had been used in a previous dramatization of the Krakatoa incident, 1953's "Fair Wind to Java"). The climactic special effects are spectacular enough to make the script, and the all-star cast (including Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Rossano Brazzi, and Sal Mineo), seem utterly superfluous.
"In Harm's Way" - Friday, 2. October 2009, 16:00
|"In Harm's Way" / "Erster Sieg" (2:33) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The curved screen in Panavision 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1964 World Premiere: 06.04.1965 West Germany premiere: 13.08.1965|
Directed by: Otto Preminger. Writers: James Bassett (novel) & Wendell Mayes (writer). Produced by Otto Preminger. Original Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography by Loyal Griggs. Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler & George Tomasini
John Wayne (Capt. Rockwell Torrey), Kirk Douglas (Commander Paul Eddington Jr.), Patricia Neal (Lt. Maggie Haynes), Paula Prentiss (Beverly McConnell), Dana Andrews (Admiral Broderick), Stanley Holloway (Clayton Canfil), Burgess Meredith (Commander Egan Powell), Slim Pickens (C.P.O Culpepper)
45th Anniversary Screening
1966 Nominated Oscar
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Loyal Griggs
allmovie.com: "In Harm's Way", based on James Bassett's novel Harm's Way, has enough plot in it for four movies or a good miniseries (when it was shown on network television in prime time, it was broken into two very full nights). On the morning of December 7, 1941, a heavy cruiser, commanded by Captain Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne), and the destroyer Cassidy, under acting commander Lieutenant (jg) William McConnell (Thomas Tryon), are two of a handful of ships that escape the destruction of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Under Torrey's command, the tiny fleet of a dozen ships carries out its orders to seek out and engage the enemy fleet. But lack of fuel and a daring maneuver (but tragic miscalculation) by Torrey causes his ship to be seriously damaged. He's relieved of command and assigned to a desk job routing convoys in the shakeup following the attack, and his exec and oldest friend, Commander Paul Eddington (Kirk Douglas), is reassigned after a brawl, the result of his anger after identifying the body of his wife (Barbara Bouchet) who was killed during the attack while cavorting with an Marine Corps officer.
|70mm frame scan by Schauburg Kino|
Torrey's shore assignment leads him to reestablish contact on a very hostile level with his estranged son, Ensign Jere Torrey (Brandon de Wilde), from his long-ended marriage; he establishes a romantic relationship with Lt. Maggie Haynes (Patricia Neal), a navy nurse; and he also befriends Commander Egan Powell (Burgess Meredith), a special-intelligence officer. Partly as a result of his contact with Powell, Torrey is chosen by the commander of the Pacific Fleet (Henry Fonda) to salvage an essential operation called Sky Hook, which has become bogged down through the indecisiveness of its area commander, Vice Admiral Broderick (Dana Andrews). Promoted to rear admiral, with Eddington -- who'd been rotting away on a shore assignment, drunk most of the time -- assigned as his chief of staff, Torrey gets Sky Hook rolling and finally finds his purpose in this war, gaining the belated admiration of his son in the process. Eddington is similarly motivated but is still haunted by the violent, ultimately self-destructive demons that blighted his marriage and his life -- he is particularly attracted to a young nurse, Annalee Dohrn (Jill Haworth), not knowing that she is already involved romantically with Jere Torrey. Meanwhile, McConnell survives the sinking of his ship and is ordered to join Torrey's staff. Matters all come to a head when the Japanese begin a counter-offensive to Torrey's planned troop landing. And just at the time Torrey needs his men at their best, Eddington's violence and rage boil to the surface in a way that will destroy him and blight both men's lives. In a final attempt at redemption, Eddington provides Torrey with the information he needs to set up a battle that he has at least a chance of winning, pitting his small task group of destroyers and cruisers against the Japanese task force led by the Yamato, the largest battleship ever built.
"Faubourg 36" - Friday, 2. October 2009, 20:15
|"Faubourg 36" / "Paris, Paris - Monsieur Pigoil auf dem Weg zum Glück". Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The curved screen in a new 70mm print with 6-track DTS stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: France. Production year: 2008 World Premiere: Gaumont Opera cinema, 24.09.2008, France. Also screened at the Toronto Film Festival, Canada 6 September 2008. German premiere: 27.11.2008|
French version, German subtitles
Director: Christophe Barratier. Writer: Christophe Barratier (writer) Pierre Philippe (dialogue). Produced by: Original Music by Reinhardt Wagner. Cinematography by Tom Stern (director of photography). Film Editing by Yves Deschamps. Production Design by Jean Rabasse
Gérard Jugnot (Pigoil), Clovis Cornillac (Milou). Kad Merad (Jacky Nora Arnezeder (Douce). Pierre Richard (Monsieur TSF), Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu (Galapiat), Maxence Perrin (Jojo), François Morel (Célestin
1st anniversary screening (sounds silly, but editor like it)
|Mr. Jean Rene Faillot (Arane Laboratory) will be present at the festival and will be available for Q&A after screening of "Faubourg 36". Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
The setting is spring 1936; a working-class district in the north of Paris. This neighborhood probably had a name once but now everyone simply calls it the Faubourg. In early may, three residents of the Faubourg - Pigoil, Milou, and Jacky - still sulk over the closing of the Chansonia four months ago. Supported by the locals who live to the rhythm of monsieur Tsf’s radio, the three friends decide to take hold of their destiny by producing the “hit” musical the Chansonia has always needed. With the help of the town, and the arrival of a mysterious and beautiful young actress named Duce, Pigoil, Milou, and Jacky bring the magic of the stage back to the Chansonia.
"Faubourg 36" in 70mm in Paris, France
"Faubourg 36" Official movie site
Get together with Hoepfner and Friends, following "Faubourg 36" - open end
|Stay after "Faubourg 36" and taste the local beer from Privatbrauerei Hoepfner GmbH|
Hoepfner ist ein Traditionsunternehmen. 1798 gegründet, gehört die Brauerei zu den ältesten noch aktiven Unternehmen in Karlsruhe. Gebraut und abgefüllt wird bis heute in der 1896 erbauten „Hoepfner Burg“ in der Karlsruher Oststadt. „Frischer Wind in alten Mauern“ drückt den Willen aus, Altbewährtes mit neuen Ideen zu verbinden. Innerhalb der historischen Mauern findet sich ein hochmoderner und innovativer Betrieb, der nach den Firmenleitlinien „Qualität, Kontinuität und Partnerschaft“ geführt wird.
"Julius Caesar" - Saturday, 3. October 2009, 10:00
|"Julius Caesar" (1:57). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Academy. Presented on: The curved screen in 70mm with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1 tilt and scan. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1953 World Premiere: 04.06.1953 West Germany premiere: 13.1.1953. London re-release 01.11.1969|
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Writing credits William Shakespeare (play) Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play). Produced by John Houseman. Original Music by Miklós Rózsa. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Film Editing by John D. Dunning
Marlon Brando (Mark Antony), James Mason (Brutus), John Gielgud (Cassius), Louis Calhern (Julius Caesar), Edmond O'Brien (Casca), Greer Garson (Calpurnia), Deborah Kerr (Portia)
40th anniversary screening of 70mm release
1954 Oscar Winner
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Cedric Gibbons, Edward C. Carfagno, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt
Best Actor in a Leading Role Marlon Brando
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Joseph Ruttenberg
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Miklós Rózsa
Best Picture John Houseman
Buy the ouverture
allmovie.com: Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this exquisite version of William Shakespeare's play. Louis Calhern is Julius Caesar, whose conquests have enabled him to rise to the status of Roman dictator. But his ascent to almost God-like status has given pause to influential members of the Roman Senate. Chief among them is Cassius (John Gielgud), who is troubled by Caesar's popularity and dictatorial status. Convinced that Caesar's assassination would be the best thing for Rome, he conspires with Casca (Edmond O'Brien) and the influential Brutus (James Mason) to plot Caesar's murder. Despite dark omens, Caesar walks confidently into the Roman Senate, where he is stabbed to death by the conspirators. His companion Marc Antony (Marlon Brando) is shocked and runs to the corpse of his beloved friend. He agrees to support Brutus while an unruly mob gathers in front of the Senate doors, having heard rumors of Caesar's assassination. Brutus convinces the mob that Caesar's death was for the good of Rome, preventing him from forming a monarchy. Then Antony appears, determined to destroy the conspirators; he delivers a speech that subtly damns the assassins. With the mob against them, the conspirators are forced to flee Rome and Antony organizes an army against them.
"Solomon and Sheba" - Saturday, 3. October 2009, 13:00
|"Solomon and Sheba" / "Salomon und die Königin von Saba" (2:19) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 35mm, 8 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Technirama. Presented on: The curved screen in Super Technirama 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1959 World Premiere: 27.10.1959 Astoria, London, England. West Germany premiere: 25.12.1959|
Directed by King Vidor. Written by Anthony Veiller, Paul Dudley & George Bruce. Produced by Ted Richmond. Original Music by Mario Nascimbene. Cinematography by Freddie Young. Film Editing by Otto Ludwig.
Yul Brynner (Solomon), Gina Lollobrigida (Sheba), George Sanders (Adonijah), Marisa Pavan (Abishag), Finlay Currie (David), Harry Andrews (Baltor)
50th Anniversary of Technirama process and 50th anniversary screening
Technirama story by Grant Lobban
Technirama story by Christian Appelt (German and English)
|70mm frame scan by Schauburg Kino|
allmovie.com: Romance, treachery, intrigue and spiritual awakenings abound in the Biblical film adaptation of Solomon and Sheba. Trouble begins between two brothers when poet Solomon (Yul Brynner) is chosen to be next in line to the throne by King David of Israel. His warrior brother Adonijah (George Sanders) is livid when Solomon becomes king. While Israel prospers under Solomon, Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) conspires with the Egyptians to topple Israel. She is ambitious and seductive and finally gets Solomon to fall in love with her.
|70mm frame scan by Schauburg Kino|
When a pagan dance ritual turns into an orgy, the people turn against Solomon when the Temple of Jehovah is struck by lightning. After the righteous Solomon has fallen from the grace of God, Sheba renounces her pagan Gods and converts to Judaism. A cast of thousands depict the raging battle between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Directed by King Vidor at the cost of five million dollars, production was delayed when the original choice for the role of Solomon (Tyrone Power) died during the making of the film. Many scenes had to be redone with his replacement, Yul Brynner.
"Uzala, der Kirgise” - Saturday, 3. October 2009, 16:30
|“Дерсу Узала”/ "Uzala, der Kirgise” (2:24). Filmed in: 70mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Sovscope 70. Presented on: The curved screen in Sovscope 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USSR. Production year: 1974 World Premiere: July 1975, Moscow. West Germany premiere: 12.11.1976|
Russian version, Danish and German subtitles
Director & writer: Akira Kurosawa. Produced by: Yoichi Matsue & Nikolai Sizov. Original Music by: Isaak Shvarts. Cinematography by: Fyodor Dobronravov, Yuri Gantman & Asakazu Nakai. Art Direction by: Yuri Raksha
Maksim Munzuk (Dersu Uzala), Yuri Solomin (Captain Vladimir Arseniev), Svetlana Danilchenko (Mrs. Arseniev), Dmitri Korshikov (Wowa son of Arsenjev), Suimenkul Chokmorov (Jan Bao), Vladimir Kremena (Turtwigin), Aleksandr Pyatkov (Olenin).
35th anniversary of production year
1976 Won Oscar
Best Foreign Language Film
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allmovie.com: A few months after his notorious suicide attempt, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was regenerated by the notion of helming the first Russian/Japanese co-production. Co-scripted and directed by Kurosawa, "Dersu Uzala" is the story of an elderly guide and Goldi hunter (Maxim Munzuk), who, at the turn of the century, agrees to shepherd a Russian explorer (Yuri Solomin) and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of the Far East.
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The guide has been "one" with the land almost from birth, and is thus able to save his party from perishing. Four years in the making, "Dersu Uzala" won the 1976 Best Foreign Film Oscar and restored the flagging Akira Kurosawa to the top ranks of the Japanese film industry.
"Flying Clipper” - Saturday, 3. October 2009, 20:30
|Flying Clipper - Traumreise unter weissen Segeln" / "Mediterranean Holiday" (2:38) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: MCS-70 Superpanorama. Presented: on the curved screen in MCS-70 Superpanorama with 6-track DTS stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: Germany. Production year: 1962 World Premiere: 19.12.1962, München, Germany.|
Directed by Hermann Leitner & Rudolf Nussgruber. Written by Hans D. Bove, Arthur Elliott, Karl Hartl & Gerd Nickstadt. Produced by Rudolf Travnicek, Claus Hardt & Juan C. Hutchinson. Music by Riz Ortolani. Cinematography by Tony Braun, Siegfried Hold, Heinz Hölscher, Klaus König & Bernhard Stebich
Hans Clarin (Sprecher (voice)
The first film in MCS-70 Superpanorama. Released 1964 as "Mediterranean Holiday" in "Wonderama" the US with new material added.
Jan Jacobsen designed the MCS-70 Superpanorama camera
Traumreise Unter Weissen Segelen posters and images
|"Flying Clipper" and color analyzer at FotoKem in Hollywood, December 2008. Image by Paul Rayton|
allmovie.com: This documentary follows Captain Skoglund and the crew of the three-masted schooner the "Flying Clipper" in their journey through the Mediterranean Sea. The British-built vessel serves as a proving ground for 20 Swedish Merchant Marine cadets. Silvery-voiced Burl Ives provides the narration and some of the songs in this colorful travelogue filmed in Cinerama.
|Hein Hölscher will attend gala re-premiere. Heinz Hölscher was director of photography of "Flying Clipper". Image Thomas Hauerslev.|
HEINZ HÖLSCHER, Munich; DoP since 1951 on more then 80 feature films. Worked with M.C.S. cameras for "Flying Clipper", "Der Kongress amüsiert sich". German award for his camera work on "Uncle Toms Cabin" in 1966. Member of B.V.K.
Without the memories and detailed explanations of these men this brief history of M.C.S. would not be possible.
Get a closer look at the Todd-AO projector on display in Schauburg foyer
|DP70 on display in Schauburg foyer during Todd-AO Festival. Image by Herbert Born.|
The birth of the DP70 projector dates back to October 1952 and the beginning of the Todd-AO process. Michael Todd, not satisfied with technical limitations of the Cinerama process, he formed a company with some investors, including Rodgers and Hammerstein II, Joe Schenk and George Skouras and named it MAGNA. The purpose of Magna was to develop a new wide screen process. Magna Theatre Corporation commissioned American Optical company to develop the system which was named Todd-AO. For Todd-AO a new projector was required. Unable to make one in-house, American Optical Company asked several US projector companies to build a new 70mm projector. None of them, however, believed a completely new 70mm projector could be ready in only 9 months as required. Read full story
"That's Entertainment" - Sunday, 4. October 2009, 10:00
|"That's Entertainment" / "Das gibt's nie wieder" (2:14) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Academy, widescreen and CinemaScope. Presented on: The curved screen in 70mm with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: pillar box and letterbox. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1974 World Premiere: 23.05.1974 West Germany premiere: 14.03.1975|
German version, with songs in English
Written, Produced & Directed by Jack Haley Jr. Original Music by Henry Mancini. Cinematography by Allan Green, Ennio Guarnieri, Ernest Laszlo, Russell Metty & Gene Polito. Film Editing by David E. Blewitt
Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Durante
35th Anniversary screening
allmovie.com: It's ironic that MGM, in such dire financial straits in 1974 that it was selling its fabled back lot and auctioning off artifacts from past movie triumphs, enjoyed one of its biggest box-office hits with That's Entertainment, a compilation of musical highlights from the studio's golden days. Onscreen hosts Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, James Stewart, and Elizabeth Taylor introduce the various film clips while standing on what was left of the MGM lot (Rooney delivers his comments from the Andy Hardy street). The vignettes, in both color and black-and-white, include generous slices of such classic MGM songfests as "The Wizard of Oz", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", and "Gigi". The film includes the montage of Mickey Rooney's "Let's put on a show!" speeches, Clark Gable hoofing to "Puttin' on the Ritz" in Idiot's Delight, and James Stewart (!) serenading Eleanor Powell from Easy to Love. Assembled by Jack Haley Jr., "That's Entertainment" proved such a hit that the 1976 sequel, "That's Entertainment II", was a foregone conclusion.
"Savage Pampas" - Sunday, 4. October 2009, 13:00
|"Savage Pampas" / "Die Verfluchten der Pampas" (1:52). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: MCS-70 Superpanorama. Presented on: The curved screen in MCS-70 Superpanorama with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: Spain/Argentina/USA. Production year: 1966 World Premiere: 19.07.1966, Ocean, Buenos Aires, Argentina. West Germany premiere: 29.07.1966.|
Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Writing credits Homero Manzi (novel) and Ulises Petit de Murat (novel). Hugo Fregonese (writer) and John Melson (writer). Produced by Jaime Prades. Original Music by Waldo de los Ríos. Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer. Film Editing by Juan Serra.
Robert Taylor (Captain Martín), Ron Randell (Padrón), Marc Lawrence (Sargent Barril), Ty Hardin (Miguel Carreras), Rosenda Monteros (Rucu), Ángel del Pozo (Lt. Del Río), Felicia Roc (Camila Ometio), Charles Fawcett (El Gato, Private)
Filmed in MCS-70 Superpanorama.
Jan Jacobsen designed the MCS-70 Superpanorama camera
allmovie.com: Samuel Bronston Productions was pretty much obliterated in 1964 by the failure of "The Fall of the Roman Empire". Three years later, Bronston tried to rebuild his old empire by teaming up with a pair of South American entrepreneurs; the result was "Savage Pampas". Set in the Argentina of the 1890s, the film tells the story of a clever bandit leader (Ron Randell) who buys off the soldiers sent to capture him--then enlists the deserters in his own gang. But Army fort commander Robert Taylor can't be bribed, and takes it upon himself to defeat the bandit. "Savage Pampas" was a remake of a popular Argentinian historical epic of 1946, Pampa Barbara.
|Dieter Gäbler will attend screening and be available for a Q/A after film. Dieter Gäbler was camera assistant on "Savage Pampas". Image Thomas Hauerslev.|
DIETER GAEBLER, Gräfelfing; DoP, worked for „Modern Cinema Systems KG“ and was involved in the shooting of a lot of M.C.S. movies. He did a few sequences with the M.C.S. camera for "Grand Prix" and "2001: A Space Odyssey". Without him we would not have been able to clear a lot of detailed questions regarding M.C.S.
|Gerhard Fromm will attend the 5th Todd-AO festival. Image Thomas Hauerslev.|
GERHARD FROMM, Munich; inventor, author of numerous technical publications and filmtechnique historian. He was a tremendous source of information about Jan W. Jacobsen. Assistant cameraman with the M.C.S. production "Uncle Toms Cabin". Owner of company „Filmtechnik Fromm“ and member of the B.V.K.
"The Fall of the Roman Empire" - Sunday, 4. October 2009, 16:00
|"The Fall of the Roman Empire" / "Der Untergang des römischen Reiches" (3:11) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Ultra Panavision 70. Presented on: The curved screen in Ultra Panavision 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,79:1 *). Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1963 World Premiere: 24.03.1964. West Germany premiere: 12.06.1964.|
* ) I would suggest to change the description for "Fall of the Roman Empire" to this: presented on: The curved screen in 70mm with 6 track magnetic. Aspect ratio: 2.21:1. "Fall" was unusual in that to my knowledge it was the only UP70 movie that was only printed in to flat prints (2.21 to 1). This is by the way the supposedly best print of the movie that is still available.
Regards Oliver Klohs
Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by Ben Barzman, Basilio Franchina & Philip Yordan. Produced by Samuel Bronston. Original Music by Dimitri Tiomkin, Cinematography by Robert Krasker. Film Editing by Robert Lawrence
Sophia Loren (Lucilla), Stephen Boyd (Livius), Alec Guinness (Marcus Aurelius), James Mason (Timonides), Christopher Plummer (Commodus), Anthony Quayle (Verulus), John Ireland (Ballomar), Omar Sharif (Sohamus), Mel Ferrer (Cleander)
45th anniversary screening
1965 Nominated Oscar
Best Music, Score - Substantially Original Dimitri Tiomkin
Samuel Bronston's story by Christian Appelt (German and English)
Samuel Bronston's story by Rainer Hauptmann (German and English)
Director John Landis about "The Fall of the Roman Empire". "It's Bad but Big. They don't make 'em like this anymore: those huge sets and cast of thousands aren't computer-generated but absolutely real, and those 1964-era actors are a darn sight more interesting than a lot of those we have on hand today."
|Here’s a photo of a 230mm Focal Length lens that was made and used on “Ben Hur”. Image by Tak Miyagishima|
These early Camera 65 lenses were all engraved as having a power of 1.33X but were never used having that power. In the midst of the design stage MGM realized that their goal of a 3.00:1 aspect ratio was too wide for the theaters they had in mind to show their productions. So they once again approached us to change the anamorphic power to 1.25X. This still gave them an aspect ratio of 2.75:1 the widest aspect ratio.
Read full story: Ultra Panavision 70, Early lenses
|allmovie.com: Though "The Fall of the Roman Empire" is now infamous as the epic which destroyed the cinematic "empire" of producer Samuel Bronston, the film is actually an above-average historical drama, attempting to make sense of the political intrigues which resulted in the dissolution of the Glory That Was Rome. The film begins with wise, diplomatic emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) calling together the various representatives of the many nations within the Empire as a means of securing peace and prosperity for all involved. When Marcus intimates that he intends to turn over his crown to adopted son Livius (Stephen Boyd) rather than the logical successor Commodus (Christopher Plummer), he is poisoned by one of Commodus' cronies. Marcus' daughter Lucilla (Sophia Loren) tries to get Livius to claim the throne, but he wants no part of it; thus, the fate of the empire is in the incompetent hands of the preening Commodus. Despite efforts by cooler heads to save Rome from ruin, Commodus vainly declares himself a god and kills anyone who poses a threat to him. When he learns that Lucilla actually has a stronger claim to the throne than he does, Commodus condemns her to be burned at the stake. Only then does Livius intervene, slaying Commodus and promising to try to pick up the pieces of the disintegrating empire. Attempting to find a common ground between history buffs and action fans, "The Fall of the Roman Empire" has come to be regarded as a classic. Alas, audiences in 1964 had grown weary of epics (especially after the highly touted but disappointing Cleopatra), and failed to turn out in sufficient enough numbers to justify "Fall"'s exorbitant cost. Virtually wiped out, Samuel Bronston would not be able to return to filmmaking until 1971, and then only on a much smaller and more pinchpenny scale.|
"Funny Girl" - Sunday, 4. October 2009, 20:30
|"Funny Girl" (2:35) (+ intermission). Filmed in: 35mm, 4 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Panavision. Presented on: The curved screen in Panavision 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1968 World Premiere: 18.09.1968. West Germany premiere: 28.02.1969|
Directed by William Wyler. Writing credits Isobel Lennart (play) & Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Produced by Ray Stark, Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr., Film Editing by William Sands & Maury Winetrobe
Barbra Streisand (Fanny Brice), Omar Sharif (Nick Arnstein, Kay Medford (Rose Brice), Anne Francis (Georgia James), Walter Pidgeon (Florenz Ziegfeld), Lee Allen (Eddie Ryan)
40th anniversay screening
1969 Won Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role Barbra Streisand. Tied with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968).
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kay Medford
Best Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Best Film Editing Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe and William Sands
Best Music, Original Song Jule Styne (music), Bob Merrill (lyrics) For the song "Funny Girl".
Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Walter Scharf
Best Picture Ray Stark
|allmovie.com: "Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice," but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. "Funny Girl" was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's "Funny Lady". |
|Breakfast buffet. Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
A Schauburg tradition served Saturday and Sunday mornings. Breakfast buffet 09.00 Schauburg-foyer (incl. in weekend-pass)
Why 70mm is so Special
|The film is ready to run. Image by Thomas Hauerslev|
The audience get a lot more out of a film, if presented in 70mm with razor sharp images and crystal clear sound. Films presented in 70mm are an intensive experience, very realistic and almost three dimensional. It is an experience which makes everything you have ever seen on film before pales into insignificance. The audience really get value for their money!
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