WIDESCREEN WEEKEND 2015 @ BRADFORD ~ REVIEW


20151017_213412A young man made his way through the crowd which had assembled outside the single Pictureville screen, the only Cinerama screen left in the England, carrying a large 35mm spool, giving us a taste of what we where in for that night. The film which was about to be presented was an original three-strip Cinerama movie held in the archives of Bradford’s Media Museum, How The West Was Won (1962).

20151018_092636We were only able to attend two days of the four day festival, with was primarily held at the Pictureville Cinema at the National Film and Media Museum in Bradford from the 15th – 18th of October, so it would be unfair for me to pass judgement on the whole festival.

We arrived for the Saturday (17th) evening showing of How The West Was Won and stayed over to catch the 9:30am showing and World Premier of the 1963 The Best Of Cinerama, the 2015 restoration, one lead as usual by David Strohmaier. We had hoped to be able to attend the 70mm curved screen showing of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) but no such luck but Douglas Trumbull, who was already at the festival to deliver a talk about his effects work 2001, stepped in at the last minute to introduce his 1970’s classic, Silent Running, which took the place of a Screen Talk with Lesley Caron, which was planned to take place before the 35mm exhibition of her movie, Gigi (1958), as she was unable to attend.

20151018_091123The atmosphere was great, with a collective buzz and passion for these old films celluloid and the Cinerama process itself was palpable. The crowd and delegates were friendly appreciative of the work carried out by so many to bring up these shows.

I will be reviewing this particular showing of How The West Was Won (1962) and that of The Best Of Cinerama (1963), which in contrast to the original 3-panel print of HTWWW, was a 2k digital presentation, over the next couple of days.

I really enjoyed this event, one which I wish I had been able to attend sooner, but like they say, better late than never!

Photography by ©nEoPOL 2015 All rights reserved

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