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The Passing of a Friend of 70mm

This article first appeared in
..in 70mm
The 70mm Newsletter

Written by: Thomas Hauerslev
Issue 66 - November 2001

I'm sorry to report about the passing of Mr. Steen S. Larsen at Nordisk Film Biografer. Not only was he a good colleague since 1983 but also a enthusiastic 70mm fan and financial supporter of "..in 70mm - The 70mm Newsletter".

Steen was tragically killed when flight SK686 crashed in Milan, Italy October 8, 2001. He was 42.

My first memory of Steen dates back to the very early 80s when he was working as a projectionist at the Palladium. After the last show of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" he was standing in the doorway listening to John Williams music in the end titles. The volume was cranked WAY up and Steen had a BIG smile on his lips.

The untimely death of Steen has shocked many people. Not only in Denmark, but also abroad. An astonishing number of colleagues, ex-colleagues and business partners showed up at the memorial service held October 25, 2001 at the Cathedral in Roskilde. 

Steen was a perfectionist - you had to act fast to keep up with him and from time to time he could be very irritating, but I always felt he respected my advice when he asked for it. I knew him as a happy and considerate person who always took his time to care about your problems, views, ideas and thoughts.

Steen meant a lot to so many people. What has happened is hard to accept and he shall be greatly missed.

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A Tribute to the memory of Steen
By John Tønnes, head of Nordisk Film Biografer
"Steen S. Larsen had worked for Nordisk Film Biografer for more than 20 years and was, by virtue of his knowledge, international network, and high ambition a frontline figure in the development of the company. He put every professional effort into the task of strengthening the market position of the company´s cinemas, recently consolidated as the competitive cinema group Cinemaxx´s had to give up its projected foothold in Denmark. This is to a large extent Steen´s achievement, a result of his untiring effort to raise the level of ambition as well as the standard of both picture and sound quality in Nordisk Film Biografer. The professional fingerprint left by Steen upon his projects was invariably in a league of its own. Add to this Steen´s outstanding contribution to the company culture and working climate. He was totally involved in his work. His colleagues at the table would know with absolute certainty that Steen would go to any length to help them and considered him one of their best friends."

"Steen S. Larsen was a unique person and of the kind of person that it is a privilege to meet in one´s working life. Friendly, forthcoming, attentive and sociable, he promoted an atmosphere not only of professionalism, but also of friendship, among those around him. Steen´s sense of humour and delight in practical jokes were immense, but his concern for his colleagues was always even greater. Everybody at Nordisk Film Biografer knew Steen, and most felt that they knew him well. The loss of Steen is deeply painful. In our grief we extend our thoughts to his family - not least to his father, who is an employee of Nordisk Film Biografer. Let us jointly pay tribute to the memory of Steen S. Larsen."
Steen Larsen
By Bill Lawrence, NMPFT
I never met Steen Larsen. Steen sent me e-mails of jokes, as he did to many people and over the last three years he became a part of my life. And clearly a man with a taste for the bizarre.

Steen had shown me and the Museum great generosity and given us a DP70 for our collection. I remember vividly the day it arrived, after its brief sea voyage, and the excitement and joy from the projection team as it was uncovered. It has taken us some time to re-build it; beset with fears of structural problems from its awesome weight.

Steen had never been able to make it to Bradford and the Widescreen Weekend due to its conflict with Showest. For 2002, we moved the weekend a week later into March - not just for Steen, but this time he was definitely coming and I was going to meet and personally thank him, at last.

We have all been deprived, by a life cut cruelly short.
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