Dunkirk, a new World War II film from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, is said to need to find projectionists in order to screen the finished product in certain specially-equipped cinemas. Dunkirk has been made with the intention of ideally being screened in 70mm theatres – and IMAX screens – and such has been the conversion of the cinema industry to digital projection that there are few projectionists able to handle celluloid.
Indeed, Dunkirk is the widest released 70mm/IMAX movie in the past 25 years, according to industry trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter. “I have been a long-time proponent of film — particularly the IMAX film format — as a storytelling medium,” Nolan said in a statement. “The immersive quality of the image is second to none, drawing the audience into the action in the most intense way possible.”
The movie opens this coming weekend is most countries.
The last time there was a widespread – although still extremely limited – use of 70mm was back in 1992 for a Ron Howard movie, Far and Away. Nolan used IMAX and 70mm for his superhero classic The Dark Knight.