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70MM Film Event at Biffen, Aalborg Denmark, 26. April 2014
Biffen Celebrate its 25th Anniversary

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 01.01.2014. Updated 21-01-24
3-screen "Biffen" (in Aalborg, Denmark) celebrates its 25th anniversary in April 2014. One day of the anniversary -Saturday, April 26 - is dedicated to 70mm. In 2009 Biffen moved to its present location at Nordkraft, Aalborg's former power plant. Manager Orla Nielsen and his staff have built 3 luxurious high-impact cinemas with curved screens, which gives the audience the best cinema experience. 70mm have always been shown at the Biffen - to the enjoyment of the audience, and there is a special reason for that:

"I run 70mm at
Biffen for the simple reason I think it is a fabulous format. I like to look at it, it is easy to handle and we can run it. It is a pleasure for me to see a large well-illuminated 70mm image on the screen. And with that large hole in the projector aperture plate, it is easy to punch some light onto the screen. Those are the primary reasons why I run 70mm here. Our CinemaScope picture looks good too, but there is something special about 70mm which is hard to describe. If you see a picture filmed in that format, it is beyond competition, like "Baraka". All those details, the definition and brilliance, it is unbelievable. It is like looking out of a huge window. It is almost three-dimensional." - says Orla.

In connection with the anniversary, Orla Nielsen hopes to present at least two films in 70mm. We will start in the morning after breakfast and continue through the day until evening. In other words, a full day with 70mm film, a lecture or two, tours in the projection rooms for those who desire to see it, the odd surprise, and demonstrations of different 70mm formats on our 10 meter (30 feet) deeply curved screen of Cinema A. All films will be shown with our two OSCAR winning and historically correct Philips DP70 Todd-AO 70mm machines. We will also try to organize lunch, and a light dinner.

Biffen is the only remaining cinema in Denmark capable of showing 70mm with 6-track stereophonic sound. Spectacular film formats like Todd-AO, Ultra Panavision and MCS 70 Superpanorama, which once graced Danish screens, will make a brief come back for one day only on April 26, 2014. Come to Aalborg and celebrate Biffen's anniversary, and experience the best of all cinema techniques - 70MM FILM.

Remember the date: Saturday, April 26, 2014. Full details about films, program, hotel possibilities, tickets and prices is expected to be ready by late January 2014. Aalborg is the 3rd largest city of Denmark and is easily reachable by car, trains and airplanes. This is a rare opportunity to experience REAL 70MM FILM in one of the best Danish cinemas.
More in 70mm reading:

Aalborg 70mm Film Event

Reflections on The 70mm Aalborg Film Festival at The Biffen

70mm Day in Aalborg

See the video of the Oliver Todd conversation

• 2001: a space odyssey Campaign

• 2001: A Space Odyssey Essential Presentation Procedure

• "2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY" Production Information

• Original 6-track Mix Recovered and Restored for West Side Story

• Biffen's Three Curved Screens

• P T Anderson's "The Master" in System 65

• "Windjammer" - Exclusive Danish Re-release

• ”Hamlet” in 70mm

• "Out of Africal" on Karen Blixen's Lawn

• Todd-AO at "Sea" in Copenhagen

Internet link:


70mm Program


Widescreen Welcome 09:00 - 10:00

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• The and coffee at competitive prices
• Johan Wolthuis will sell his new book: Widescreen History
• Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Biffen
• Meet guests from Ireland, Sweden, England, USA, Australia and native Danes

"West Side Story" 10:00 - 12:32 + pause = 12:47

"West Side Story" (2:32) + intermission. Filmed in: 65mm 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Super Panavision 70. Presented on: The curved screen in a new Super Panavision 70 print with the original 6-track mix in DATASAT digital sound. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1961. World Premiere: Rivoli, NY, on 18 Oct 1961. Danish  premiere: 08.10.1962.

Natalie Wood (Maria), Russ Tamblyn (Riff), Richard Beymer (Tony), George Chakiris (Bernardo), Rita Moreno (Anita)

1962 Academy Award Wins:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role George Chakiris
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Rita Moreno
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin
Best Cinematography, Color Daniel L. Fapp
Best Costume Design, Color Irene Sharaff
Best Director Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
For the first time a directing award is being shared.
Best Film Editing, Thomas Stanford
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
Best Picture Robert Wise
Best Sound Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD)
Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

Academy Award Nominated:
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Ernest Lehman

Official MGM site

Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time,
"West Side Story" earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.

"West Side Story" was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.

Have a look at the alternative Frankentrailer
| Wolfram Hannemann's 2009 Bradford introduction to "West Side Story" | Motion pictures photographed in Super Panavision 70 & Panavision System 65 | Original 6-track Mix Recovered and Restored for West Side Story


Widescreen Intermission

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• Biffen Snack / Sandwich / coffee / the / beer in the foyer at favourable prices
• Visit the projection room
• See the projection technique and touch the film
• • Johan Wolthuis will sell his new book: Widescreen History
• Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Biffen
• Meet guests from Ireland, Sweden, England, USA, Australia and native Danes


You are in the show with Todd-AO 13:30 - 17:30
Lecture, interview and 70mm film format demonstrations

An introduction to Biffen & Nordkraft by Orla Nielsen

The History of Todd-AO
med overraskelse og 65mm Todd-AO test film fra 1953

A Conversation with Oliver Todd (in English)

Short break - 15 min

Golden reels with Rossano Brazzi, Denholm Elliot, Peter O'Toole and Mitzy Gaynor

• 5 min sound test
• 10 min blow up
• 12 min Todd-AO 6-track mix
• 7 min DTS 70mm
• 15 Dolby Stereo
• 5 min "This is our movie"

Widescreen Dinner

• Enjoy the cuisine of the local restaurants, when we eat together as one big group(s)
• Dinner at your own expense

"2OO1: A Space Odyssey" 19:30 - 21:51 + pause = 22:07

"2001: A Space Odyssey" (141 min) + intermission. Filmed in: 65mm 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Super Panavision 70. Presented in: CINERAMA on the curved screen in a new Super Panavision 70 print (from 2001) with the original 6-track mix in Dolby Stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Production year: 1961. World Premiere: 2. April 1968, Uptown, Washington, USA. Danish  premiere: 04.08.1969.

Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Edited by Ray Lovejoy. Douglas Trumbull (special photographic effects supervisor).

Keir Dullea (Dr. Dave Bowman), Gary Lockwood (Dr. Frank Poole), William Sylvester (Dr. Heywood R. Floyd), Daniel Richter (Moon-Watcher), Douglas Rain (HAL 9000 (voice))

Full credits
| The CD Soundtrack | A Roadshow Odyssey | Restoring the soundtrack | "2001" and the curved screen | The Original Reserved Seat Engagements Of "2001: A Space Odyssey"

• 45th Anniversary Screening of the films Danish premiere
• 15th Anniversary screening on the occasion of Stanley Kubrick's death (26 July 1928 - 7 March 1999)

1968 Academy Award Wins:
Oscar Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Stanley Kubrick

Academy Award Nominated:
Oscar Best Director Stanley Kubrick
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Anthony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernest Archer
Christiane Kubrick's Website
Creating special effects for "2001"
Kubrick Films

Hotel stay

Hotel Aalborg - Sψmandshjemmet.

Single room DKK.: 715,00.
Double room DKK.: 865,00.

10% discount including breakfast.

Bookning: info@hotel-aalborg.com

Thanks to

• Richard Hundorf, Warner London
• Rene Wolf & Marleen Labijt, EYE Film Institute, Netherlands
• Hollywood Classics
• Park Circus
• Biffen's staff
• Hotel Aalborg
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