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Movie With A Message "Man in the 5th Dimension"
The Billy Graham Pavilion at the New York World's Fair 1964

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Eric Paddon, History teacher, County College Of Morris, New Jersey, USA Date: 6 March 2005
CoverA good film, in the opinion of many movie critics, is one which evokes a positive emotional response. The noted playwright, Maxwell Anderson, likened such a response to a religious experience.

If this is the criterion for judging films, then there is an extremely good film being shown hourly in the Billy Graham Pavilion. The avowed purpose of "Man in the Fifth Dimension" is to move viewers to receive Christ as Savior and Lord -- right there and then. Certainly, this is a call to a positive emotional response, whose demand for immediacy and importance of decision is without precedent in film annals. But judging from the lines making their way to the counseling rooms behind doors at each end of the screen, it is a successful call.
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This article first appeared on nywf64.com September 2002. Reprinted by kind permission from the author Eric Paddon.
Theatre InteriorThe film, the focal point of the "crusade in Flushing Meadow," is shown in a red-carpeted, gold-draped theater which seats 400. The exterior brick walls of the theater are striking photo presentations in themselves. They are lined with 14 photographic enlargements which trace Mr. Graham's worldwide crusades. Two backlighted panels are four feet by 20 feet, and 12 panels are nine feet by four feet.

Made by Mr. Graham's own World Wide Picture Company, the 28-minute, 70mm Todd-AO color film was filmed at spiritually significant locales throughout the world, and details the story of man from the Creation. It closes with Mr. Graham's call to make a decision for Christ. During the first year of the Fair, it is estimated that more than one million people will see the film.
Filing the hall of fame sequenceA unique feature of the film presentation is a simultaneous translation system, similar to that in use at the United Nations, to reach visitors from abroad. Speaking in English, Mr. Graham is heard narrating the film. A control built into the arm rest of each chair in the air-conditioned theater can switch the sound track to a choice of six different languages which are heard through a plastic earpiece: French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and German. The multi-lingual seven-channel system was installed by Round Hill Associates. It is hoped that in the second year of the Fair, eight-channel translation will be possible.

"Man in the Fifth Dimension" took seven months to shoot, and was World Wide Pictures' most ambitious effort to date. Scripted by James F. Collier, it was produced by World Wide's president, Dick Ross. Mr. Ross was an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon winner for the movie "Africa On The Bridge," a documentary of the Billy Graham Crusade in the emerging continent.
On location shootingBilly Graham (right) discusses scene with Dick Ross, producer of Mr. Graham's World's Fair production, "Man in the Fifth Dimension."

Filming took the company from Mount Palomar, where footage was shot through the great 200-inch telescope there, to the Holy Land. Interior scenes were filmed at Paramount's Studios in Hollywood.

Visiting the Holy Land can be a moving experience for anyone. But tensions between Israel and the Arab world can make location shooting there difficult.

The religious rift splitting the Holy Land was felt when Mr. Ross and Jim Collier went from the Jordanian side of Jerusalem, through the Mandelbaum Gate to the Israeli sector for some advance location scouting. The rest of the crew remained behind at the Ambassador Hotel in Jordan.

"We were at the King David Hotel, not more than a couple of hundred yards from the Ambassador," Mr. Ross notes. "but because of the restrictions on communications between the two countries, we couldn't call our friends to tell them of our plans.

"Finally, we called our London office and had them relay the message. We had to span continents to communicate with friends less than a quarter of a mile away."

Source: Industrial Photography, May 1964

A Personal Word from Billy Graham
from the Souvenir Brochure


At Mt. PalomarYou are about to embark on a breathtaking journey through the four-dimensional world of space and time into the realm of the fifth dimension, the dimension of the spirit. It is my earnest prayer that it will be an unforgettable experience during which you will encounter the Living Christ, joining the unending procession of those who, in every generation and culture, have discovered the real meaning and purpose of life.

"Man In The 5th Dimension" begins atop Mt. Palomar in southern California, home of the world's largest telescope, the famed 200-inch "window on the universe." The design and order of the Creator's hand are eloquently depicted in star clouds and clusters of our own galaxy and the distant island universes of other giant galactic systems millions of light-years away from us.

Film scenesThe story of the creation is told in the setting of what has been called "man's oldest living things, " the towering California Redwoods of the Pacific Coast. O The Apostle Paul addressed scholars of first-century Athens on Mars Hill, just below the Acropolis. His words are equally relevant to the 20th-century mind, which inherited so much from the Golden Age of Greece. O It was in the shepherd's fields below Bethlehem that the birth of Christ was heralded by angelic hosts. O Augustine, Pascal, Tolstoy and America's "Founding Fathers" demonstrate the continuity of Christian witness down to the present day.
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