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7th Todd-AO Festival Foreword
Schauburg's 7th Todd-AO 70mm festival, Karlsruhe, Germany

The 70mm Newsletter
Writen by: Herbert Born &  Thomas Hauerslev Date: 05.10.2011
Herbert Born (left) and Thomas Hauerslev (right). Image by Galina Schawejko

Can you imagine spending a weekend in Karlsruhe with Michael Douglas, Anna Karina, Max von Sydow, Julie Christie, Ava Gardner, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood and many more? If the answer is “Yes”, some might ask you “Why”, “How” or even “Who”? Well, they are all there “in 70mm”, on the majestic Cinerama screen of the Schauburg Kino.

For those who may be a newcomer, 70mm film has a very large negative and projection area, which produces extraordinarily sharp images on the movie screen. The film will look much brighter and sharper compared to ordinary 35mm film. There are more details, and 70mm is sometimes likened to being a “window to the world”. 70mm is a very realistic illusion of reality. There is so much resolution and clarity, that it’s probably unlike anything you have ever seen.

This weekend, we will all be enjoying 70mm and 6-track stereophonic sound, the premiere format, which many of us know and appreciate. The high-end film projection system which was used to photograph many EPIC road-show films, most of which premiered more that 40-50 years ago.

The 7th Todd-AO Festival is the annual nostalgic “trip” down memory lane and an opportunity to see a wide range of films - some well-known, and some less well known. Some titles even thought to be long lost and so extremely rare, that we understand they are the only prints left to be shown.

Some may even ask “What has drawn you to 70mm?” I think fans will say something like; “70mm is so sharp”, “The sound is very good”, “It reminds me of my first date”, or “I saw this film in my youth, and I never forgot it”. All true statements and surely there are many more if you ask the people sitting next to you.

The odour of vinegar, magnetic oxide and old films in general, might get into the foyer during the weekend, but management can assure you, it is completely harmless, and will only make the 70mm fans relax during the weekend. The original spectacle of some of the prints is long gone as the colors are faded to pink or brown, however, that does not take away the unique chance to experience films in the proper environment – perhaps for the last time.

With all that in mind, we are proud to present our program. We welcome all of you, and hope you will enjoy the 7th Todd-AO Festival.

Herbert Born &
Thomas Hauerslev
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