Forget the Hateful Eight, here comes the Glorious
Schauburg's 10. Todd-AO 70mm festival,
The 70mm Newsletter
Wilkommen, Bien-venue, Welcome! Meine
Damen und Herren, Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to
write these words of welcome to the tenth Todd-AO Film Festival in what
promises to be a vintage year, here at the Schauburg Cinerama Theatre in
The 10th Todd-AO Festival begins with a tribute to a true giant of the
giant screen - Mr Peter O'Toole. Treated harshly by film critics at the
time of release, the time has surely come to view "Goodbye Mr Chips"
with fresh eyes.
According to Rudyard Kipling: "East is east and west is west and never
the twain shall meet." Here in the Schauburg Cinerama, they most
definitely meet. In a bold, eclectic and adventurous programme they meet
in the shape of a rarely seen treasure - "The Story of the Flaming
Years", the work of a grand master of Russian cinema, Alexander
Dovzhenko. We will witness a beautifully shot, powerful wartime drama
involving a lot of Russian troop movements, quite unlike today. From the
west comes "The Alamo" - a genuine American classic directed by
and starring that most quintessential of all American actors - John
East and west compete in space, firstly in the DEFA production of "Eolomea",
which anticipates Ridley Scott's Alien. "Eolomea" gives more than
a backward glance at Kubrick's great work. The principal protagonist
Professor Tal, clearly seems to know a great deal more than he admits. A
little more human than HAL 9000 perhaps?
By now any self respecting 70mm aficionado must be familiar with the
famous line: "Broadsword calling Danny Boy." You can even buy the
T shirt. Not to be outdone, DEFA presents "KLK calling PTZ - The Red
Orchestra", the story of the greatest spy network of all time,
operated by the Russians in World War 2.
The Todd-AO festival offers a rare chance to see a multi award winning
production set in the uneasy inter-war period, located in the veritable
crossroads of east and west that was the free seaport of Danzig. It is a
much darker retelling of the old story of Peter Pan; complete with it's
own Hitchcockian MacGuffin written into the title - "The Tin Drum"
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bruce Willis will not be disappointed as well as
Todd-AO techies who are in for some excellent lectures and
presentations on the greatest film format of them all.
This very special year at the Schauburg promises to leave audiences
shaken and stirred. Is there another place on earth that will draw
people to an earthquake? Think about it. What is the magic that draws
faithful cinema goers to Karlsruhe, year after year, from all over the
earth? What is the secret of Schauburg?
Is it that feeling of warmth and inclusivity, from the deeply curved
screen that wraps itself around you, to the distinctly personal touch of
the management that welcomes you and looks after you so well? Is it the
brilliant catering, timed to perfection, so adroitly co-ordinated with
the programme? The world class skills of the Schauburg projection team,
delivering the very highest quality of moving image on the giant curve?
All this and more. When that Schauburg gong sounds you can be sure that
as film going audience, you will be in for the time of your life. Ladies
and gentlemen, Earthquake is about to begin, get ready to be deeply
And so gentle delegates, enjoy the cinematic masterpieces that will be
presented to you on the big Schauberg curve, in the language of Luther,
Goethe, Schiller, Hegel, Kant, Mann and Kafka.
In the Words of Beethoven:
"Seid Umschlungen!" - "Be embraced!"
Mark Lyndon MBKS
More in 70mm reading:
Todd-AO Festival Home
10. Todd-AO Festival
2014 Festival Flyer (PDF)
Festival Through the Years
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Festivals in Pictures
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