Retrospective 2009: 70 mm – Bigger than Life


Lectures and Discussions

Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen
4th Floor
Free admission


Friday 6.2., 5 pm
In the Splendor of 70 mm. Keeping Wide-Gauge Film Alive

Panel discussion with Schawn Belston (Twentieth Century Fox), Herbert Born (Todd-AO 70mm-Filmfestival Karlsruhe), Jan Eberholst Olsen (Oslo 70mm Festival) and Patrick Stanbury (Photoplay Productions)
Presentation: Martin Koerber
The heyday of 70 mm cinema lasted less than 20 years, but the format has maintained its enormous appeal to this day. What compels big studios, festivals, film archives and private collectors – especially in recent years – to invest in the preservation and presentation of this legacy?
(In English)


Saturday 7.2., 5 pm
“70 mm ist das Größte!” Breitfilm im Kino heute

Panel discussion with Tom Tykwer (director) and Josef Reidinger (ARRI)
Moderation: Rolf Giesen
Despite the impressive visual impact of wide-gauge film, it generates enormous production and distribution costs and has not been able to assert itself as the cinema’s response to television. Since film production is increasingly determined by digital media, does the “royal format” still have a place in this day and age or perhaps even a new one? Tom Tykwer’s most recent film THE INTERNATIONAL, shot in part on 65 mm negative, provides the stimulus for these questions.
In cooperation with film-dienst
(In German)


Sunday 8.2., 5 pm
From Biograph to Fox Grandeur. Early Experiments in Large Format Presentations

Lecture by Kevin Brownlow (film historian, London)
Although 70 mm film is commonly associated with sophisticated attractions of the 1950s and 1960s, experiments with wide-gauge film have existed since the beginnings of cinematography. When a new chapter of film history began with sound film at the end of the 1920s, efforts to use innovative methods to optimize the effect of films on the screen were amplified.
(In English)


Wednesday 11.2., 6 pm
A Tribute to Maurice Jarre

Gerhard Midding in conversation with Maurice Jarre
The film composer Maurice Jarre has written himself into the hearts of the public and influenced the development of film music, primarily through an integration of ethnic instruments and consequently exotic tones. He has been honoured with several Oscars for his work. In this conversation, he will explain his working methods and reflect on important stages of his career.
(In English)


Thursday 12.2., 5 pm
DEFA 70 und MCS 70 – Alternativen zu Todd-AO?

Workshop discussion with Gerhard Fromm (cinematographer), Ulrich Illing (sound engineer), Gert Koshofer (author) and Günter Stockmann (design engineer)
Moderation: Ralf Schenk
While Hollywood producers in the USA sought to outdo one another with increasing new developments and format designations, and the Soviet film industry saturated the USSR with Sovscope 70 productions, design engineers in both German states worked on the invention of their own techniques. What did the veterans of the field experience at that time and what became of the 70 mm technique in East and West Germany?
(In German)


After Winter Comes Spring – A Special Series on the End of the Cold War
Sunday 8.2., 11am
Filme als Vorboten der Wende?

Claus Löser in conversation with the filmmakers Věra Chytilová, Thomas Heise, Michael Klier, Helke Misselwitz, Rainer Simon and Piotr Szulkin
Six directors from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic and the curator of the film series discuss the artistic and political options of film under totalitarian conditions.
In cooperation with the Czech Centre and the Polish Embassy in Berlin
(In German / Czech / Polish with German translations)

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