Bradford National Media Museum is proud to welcome back its Widescreen Weekend. From April 26th-28th, as part of the 19th Bradford International Film Festival, the National Media Museum will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of CinemaScope.
The first three-panel film to be made in 50 years will also be screened at the festival. In the Picture, directed by Dave Strohmaier and produced by Randy Gitsch, will have its European premiere at the festival. The classic Civil War film Gettysburg will also be screened, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary and the actual battle’s 150th anniversary.
Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch will not only be screening their new film but also screening a newly digitally restored version of Cinerama Holiday (1955) along with an incredibly rare screening of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) as this is the only surviving 3-strip print copy of this film known to still be in existence.
“ This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of 20th Century Fox’s cinematographic process CinemaScope – which is still around to this day (albeit now as Panavision). We’ll screen CinemaScope classics such as the Marilyn Monroe/Betty Grable musical comedy How To Marry A Millionaire in 35mm, and war epics, The Guns of Navarone in digital 4K and The Longest Day screening from a 70mm print. This allows us to compare the screening experiences of all three technologies in the format everyone came to know quite simply as ‘Scope’.”
“ Widescreen Weekend will also showcase the heyday of the Hollywood musical with two glorious 70mm prints of Hello Dolly (1969), and The Sound of Music (1965), which will be screened from the Phillips DP70 projector in the National Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema. This is the Rolls Royce of 70mm film projectors and the only projector ever to have been awarded an Oscar for its design and engineering!” – Duncan McGregor, Widescreen Weekend Programmer
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