Last night I introduced a special screening of the Jean Cocteau classic La Belle et la Bete on 35mm at my favourite cinema in the UK - I was truly in movie heaven.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by jimthing

    on 27 May 2013 11:27

    Sorry but this is just nostalgic nonsense.

    I loved vinyl, but I kissed it goodbye because digital holds more potential. Provided master copies are in **lossless** digital audio, then I've lost nothing over vinyl (even more especially true for CD's).
    Artwork can also be scanned into large size making it as good as a vinyl sleeve (iTunes is not the only digital music option folks!). Oh, and did I say that I can access the audio whenever and wherever I want, which means I can enjoy the content more often and it's much easier to do so, not being stuck on a big piece of dusty plastic sitting on a shelf somewhere where I cannot get at it when needed.

    Same for film content. When we have high enough resolution (I think I read somewhere, that it will be at around 8K?) then film will be redundant on quality grounds alone. Add ease of distribution, more choice options (cinemas can change films on-the-fly much much quicker, means cinemas can offer more films, by stocking more at any one time), and the obvious H U G E cost savings (sorry, but the world has works on economies ever since the industrial revolution began, and not on the fantasy economics of film buffs!), all meaning that traditional film will just not be a viable or even a wanted option (except at curio specialist screenings).

    Really, who cares about the distribution medium anyway – provided the quality is there. It's just a means to an end, a way of getting an image to it's viewers. Just as VHS tape was in the 1980s, then DVD in the 1990s, then BD in the 2000s, and finally digital downloads in the 2010s and onwards (yes, downloads need to improve so there will be crossover with BD's for a while yet, but they will when we have faster gigabit internet connections to handle them). The same applies to cinema media.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by simon gray

    on 20 Mar 2013 21:42

    I know this is after the time of this being discussed, though is Mark aware that the edinburgh international festival are doing two screenings of this film (SAT 10th & SUN 11th of August at the Edinburgh Playhouse) with accompaniment from the Phillip Glass Ensemble.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by 1christophernolan

    on 13 Mar 2013 05:19

    No country for old men is probably the best example for movies and Breaking Bad as far as TV shows are concerned...i love it when humor comes out of morbid places...lol

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by danielgury

    on 12 Mar 2013 10:56

    an okay movie I guess maybe it just has to do with my age. and today film making and directing are much better.

    any seen http://www.hitlerschildren.com

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Gwendolen89

    on 11 Mar 2013 19:28

    I couldn't agree with you more Mr. Kermode. The idea of 35mm and a digital projector sharing the same space would be wonderful, but sadly I don't think the majority will entertain it. I will just have to patronise the places that do, such as The Phoenix.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by 6oclockman

    on 10 Mar 2013 18:24

    Why wouldn't you say it's better, Mark? Digital is taking over the world without anyone's opinion. So why wouldn't you stick up for film, which will be gone forever if people like you don't champion it?

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by cadwern

    on 10 Mar 2013 13:32

    Mark is living a a nostalgic Cloudcuckoo land, do you really expect cinemas to maintain 2 sets of projectors? Financially and practically unfeasible expect for a few rich Londoners prepared to shell out sky high ticket prices.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by HermionesEveningBag

    on 7 Mar 2013 20:07

    First-time commenter...had to say something as this is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's one of those films that stays with you for weeks afterward, or in my case, years. Simply stunning. So wish I could have been at the screening!

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 7 Mar 2013 11:21

    I love film too, but don't share this mawkish sentimentality towards celluloid. It's the past, it's dying, all great empires fall, get over it.

    When digital was taking over still photography, I was mortified, I refused to change. Then I woke up to the ease of image manipulation through Photoshop and reduced costs of having to buy 35mm stock and have never looked back. Yes, I miss Fuji Velvia, but I can now replicate that with a few mouse clicks and more besides.

    Why would I want to sit in a rickety old cinema, watching a grubby and crackly print of "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" when I can view a pristine, beautiful and filmic copy of it through a Blu-ray player and home cinema set-up? What's wrong with wanting to view a film the way it was first projected, rather than on its crumbling, umpteenth run-through? And as for missing the wurring sound of the spools, why not create an MP3, loop it and play it at the back of the living room while watching your favourite old film on the telly. Voila, movie heaven!

    Nostalgia is good, but all it is at the end of the day is the emotion of a bygone time that you're clinging onto desperately with fingertips, refusing to let go, even though gravity will soon have its wicked way with you.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Heather Martin

    on 7 Mar 2013 10:09

    We had the wonderful prize just before Christmas of having a guided tour around the projection rooms at the Filmhouse, Edinburgh. We had a wonderful time with one of the projectionists who was passionate about her work and all the different film formats . It was meant to last half an hour - an hour and half later we thanked her and watched "Life of Pi" in 2D. She'd given us a taster of the 3D but my head hurt after five minutes.
    I think the choice is important. The Filmhouse offers the side by side option and they intend to keep it that way. The Cameo down the road used to offer that too. But as it's now taken over, it will be interesting to see if that continues. It means that the public need to support the independent cinemas. No-one else is going to do that unless the industry can be compelled to.

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