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Christopher Nolan Talks Joining the 70MM Club

July 15, 2017


While the digital future continues to change, filmmakers might have to re-adapt, while others will do everything possible to keep analog formats alive. Christopher Nolan, known for The Dark Knight trilogy is one of those who wants to keep analog alive. His latest film Dunkirk will open on 125 theaters in 70mm.

Just recently, Nolan spoke with Little White Lies about whether he’s in the “70mm club” along with other filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, who both used the format for recent pictures, and one thing that Nolan revealed is that they do assist each other.

“We all learn from one another. In the last few years, photochemical process has come under threat from electornics companies and studios. I got in touch with Quentin and Paul and we spent a lot of time talking about what can be done. I had a lot of inspiring conversations with JJ Abrams about shooting in IMAX. I actually have a very good IMAX lens that helps to shoot at night which I let to J.J. I also lent it to Zach Snyder for ‘BATMAN v SUPERMAN’. There’s a lot of interesting collaboration that goes on. As photochemicals come under such pressure and such threat from economic forces– those not wanting to deal with it from a business or an industrial point of view– filmmakers have had to stand up and be counted.”

Nolan believes that the fight to keep 70mm alives involved educating and making people aware that digital doesn’t mean it’ll be cheaper.

“As far as the cost, it’s completely fallacy. I’m making my films cheaper than anybody working at the same scale on digital. There are no efficiencies to be gained there and no money to be saved. There’s been an aggressive fight against photochemicals by companies who make money by change. They make money by selling you new equipment and building new equipment. The studios saw an opportunity to stop paying as much for release prints and follow more of a television model where you’re broadcasting films rather than physically shipping them. But all of that’s irrelevant. I gave a speech some years ago where I was asked to defend film, and I said that I felt like a stonemason defending marble. It’s ridiculous. This is why we’re all here. It’s what we do. This is film. Every digital format so far devised is just an imitation of film.”

Dunkirk hits theaters on July 21.


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