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Welcome to the Todd-AO 70mm-Festival
100th Anniversary of Schauburg, Karlsruhe, Germany

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 26 February 2007
In the late 1970s I saw my first 70mm film. I was a teenager and I became so impressed that the interest has stayed with me for 30 years. The experience of seeing 70mm still gives me goose bumps - the bright image, the small subtitles, the rock steady and ultra sharp images and last but not least – the wonderful 6-track magnetic sound. On several occasions I have travelled outside Denmark to see the classics - rarely missing an opportunity to see yet another film “in 70mm”. I'm very pleased to be here in Karlsruhe for the second time.

The 2nd Todd-AO Festival here at the Schauburg has a very strong line-up of movies - old and new, faded and new prints, rarely seen films and some recent block busters. Something for everyone’s taste. The Schauburg celebrates the wonder of 70mm and offers the audience a unique experience. A chance to see what movie-going was like, 40 years ago on a large curved screen.

You will be able to enjoy some films of a unique nature – the dinosaur of motion picture exhibition. A film format which has been declared dead since 1970. Against all odds, some rare 70mm prints have survived in dusty corners of old warehouses and in dark projection rooms. This weekend you will witness why 70mm means BETTER, BIGGER and BRIGHTER images.

Race through the streets of Monaco with James Garner - 250 kilometres pr. hour -- if you dare. Share a hot bath with Tibetan monkeys or riot against Rome with Spartacus and friends. Go to Tahiti with Marlon Brando and get the wide perspective of pleasure in Ultra Panavision 70. Feel the agony (or pleasure) of seeing Tom Cruise loosing his Technicolor smile with a punch on his nose. See the tantalizing swim suit fashion of 1957 when Mitzy Gaynor is washing men out of her hair. Hit an iceberg with wonderful Kate Winslet in the sweeping splendour of 6-track DTS digital sound. Experience “Govornator” Schwarzenegger, in his best 70mm role, against the evil man of liquid - the T1000. Through the clarity of Todd-AO, see Frau Taylor’s cleavage in ancient Egypt and see why Herr Burton fell for her beauty. Help Clint to understand who is who and what is going on in the castle of Eagles. And what is it about Darren Nesbit’s lip when he teaches a beautiful British spy how to have "one more schnapps”.

Exhibition of movies is rapidly converting to the digital domain, and soon film will be gone as exhibition format. Digital projection looks very promising and I’m certain the technology will continue to improve. One day we will see a format that will equal or most likely exceed the 70mm experience. Until that day, when "in Super Digital 70" is displayed on the marquee, I can only hope that cinemas like the Schauburg, will continue to play 70mm.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this festival brochure and I truly hope you will enjoy “The greatest show in Todd-AO”.
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