You may have seen next to some of our films here at the
Curzon the mysterious lettering "35mm". What is 35mm, what is the benefit
and how is it different to a normal film? Well if you went to the cinema any
time before the turn of the millennium you will have watched film in 35mm.
35mm refers to the film stock it is projected on, the
majority of our screenings are projected digitally but whenever we can we like
to use our original 35mm projector to give what many consider to be the authentic
film in 35mm is like projecting a piece of history, that reel would have gone
round the country screening to audiences the first time around, that's why it's
so special. I also like that 35mm lasts longer, if you left a digital hard
drive and a 35mm reel in a warehouse for 100 years, chances are the hard drive
wouldn't work but the film reel would." - Luke Doran General Manager
at Curzon Cinema & Arts.
FAQ - Is it smaller?
Nope, it is projected in the same aspect ratio on the big screen as digital.
“What I love about 35mm is it's the opportunity to see a film in the way the director intended. In my opinion, good directors take advantage of the medium they expect to be used (in the same way that great records do) and we only get to see classic films in that way when we show them on 35mm." - Simon Savage Volunteer Projectionist
FAQ - Is the quality
Nope, in fact a lot of
people, including such directors as Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, J.J Abrams
and many more prefer the aesthetics of 35mm. Some of cinema's biggest and best films
are still shot on 35mm film as opposed to digital for this reason. Occasionally
we get to see the latest movies not only shot on film but projected on film as
well, such as this year's beautiful print of Dunkirk.
"For the last 10
years, I’ve felt increasing pressure to stop shooting film and start shooting
video, but I’ve never understood why. It’s cheaper to work on film, it’s far
better looking, it’s the technology that’s been known and understood for a
hundred years, and it’s extremely reliable."- Christopher Nolan
Director of Dunkirk
"It’s just like
the difference with vinyl and MP3. There’s a silkiness and depth to 35mm that
you don’t get on straight digital." - Susannah Shaw, Chief Executive
Officer at Curzon
So far this year at the Curzon, as well as Dunkirk, we have
shown; Blue Velvet, Moon, Ali, Ray, Dreamgirls, King Kong (1933) and Citizen
Kane on 35mm. This Halloween we have our last of the year with a 35mm screening of The
Exorcist to thrill you and chill you to the bone. Never fear though as we plan
on projecting 35mm for many movies to come.
"Why would you go to the theater? 35mm, which most
people don’t have in their house, well that’s a reason." - Quentin Tarantino