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Faded 70mm prints have their own special magic
Welcome to
Schauburg's 13. Todd-AO 70mm festival, Karlsruhe, Germany

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 22.09.2017
Todd-AO festival facade banner. Bild: Herbert Born

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Todd-AO Festival here at the prestigious Schauburg Cinerama in Karlsruhe. It seems 13 is our lucky number this September. What started in 2005 with this catch line: "Come celebrate with us a BIG weekend, with a BIG film format on a BIG screen", has now entered it's teenage years. The catch line is still valid, and in 12 years, and 13 festivals later, the Schauburg has built up a core audience who comes back year after year. We try to honor this loyalty by presenting a program with the latest titles in 70mm, some vintage classics from the vault and some very rare 70mm CINERAMA short films. Uniquely Schauburg material and EVERYTHING in 70mm on the curved screen.

Four examples of rare 70mm prints from the first release, faded to red, pink and brown, but still in mechanically good condition. It is your chance to appreciate the quality of first generation 70mm prints, like they were made more than 50 years ago. Made from 65mm Super Panavision, flat 35mm photography or 35mm anamorphic Panavision. Magnetic 6-track discrete stereo sound across Schauburg's huge curved CINERAMA screen. Famous 70mm laboratories like Technicolor, deLuxe and MGM Labs all did their very best, creating astonishing 70mm prints. Faded 70mm prints have their own special magic, and are a testament to time. Time capsules from the past. Sometimes dismissed by purists because the colors are gone. Could we call it the lost majesty of 70mm? Maybe so, but we feel it is better to show a faded classic, IN a cinema, ON a curved screen, presented IN 7OMM, rather than a new colourful digital 2K clone on a flat screen. Digital can be seen and experienced in any decent cinema venue. The 70mm version is unique and authentic. It has to be appreciated, as a friend of mine once said. Judge for yourself.

At the other end of the scale, we are proud to present Mr. Nolan's new "Dunkirk", set during the early days of World War II. Filmed in 65mm IMAX, short in running time, but of EPIC proportions. Although it does not have an intermission, which is often associated with "Epics", the scope and story of "Dunkirk" feels epic. Because it is in 70mm - of course. It's obvious, and it has become one of the biggest box-office successes of 2017. "Dunkirk" is very different in style compared to war films of the 1960s. 50 years apart, "The Dirty Dozen", also presented in 70mm this weekend, and directed by Robert Aldrich, is the outrageously entertaining story of 12 convicted men and their suicide mission behind enemy lines during WW2. "Dozen" has it all. War, tanks, boots, sweat, explosions, Nazis with evil German smiles and big stars! 50 years apart in style, drama and topic.
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Join us when we go on big 7OMM weekend adventures to all corners of the Solar system. Space travel to Jupiter, up the Yangtze River by American gunboat, by freighter to a remote Pacific Ocean island and to Toontown by animated transportation. Classic highlights include "The Sand Pebbles" set to Jerry Goldsmith's finest music. The 3-hour roadshow voyage is guaranteed to please fans of 70mm. If too slow for you, "Grand Prix" filmed with the largest number of 65mm cameras ever on a film set, will get your adrenaline pumping. Surely a master piece in editing and 6-track sound. John Frankenheimer's film about race cars set to Maurice Jarre's music, will please fans of large format and CINERAMA alike. See it from the first row, and you will feel the sensation of being IN THE MOVIE.

No Todd-AO Festival is complete without a film in genuine ”Todd-AO”. We celebrate "Baraka"'s 25th anniversary with a presentation of Schauburg's pristine 70mm print. Filmed in 25 countries and edited into a 96 min non-verbal, extraordinary globe-trotting CINERAMA-like travelogue, in the best tradition of Cinerama. If you haven't seen "Baraka" in 70mm, you haven't seen anything.

But 70mm alone is not all it takes to make the festival complete - it requires careful attention to a few additional details. The social aspect of the festival between films is important to us. Having a good German Hoepfner beer and a chat with fellow audience members during the weekend is an important part of the weekend. Refreshments and food is included Saturday and Sunday with your Festival Pass. Enjoy the 70mm film poster galleries in Schauburg's beergarden and the authentic 70mm projectors exhibited in the foyer. And why not pay a visit to the projection room to see the 70mm reels spin? There is a lot more to see on Schauburg's Big Curved Screen. We hope you will come and see for yourself...and now, in the expanded spectacle of 70mm Big-Screen projection, we present - The Greatest Show in Todd-AO.

Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. Velkommen. Välkomna. Vítejte. Welkom. Benvenuto. Youkoso. Bienvenida.

Thomas Hauerslev
“The Pope of Panorama”
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