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Douglas Meltzer
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I fully expect a film projector to make an appearance in movies like "Cinema Paridiso", "8mm" or "Goodbye, Dragon Inn", but I'm pleasantly surprised when one shows up out of the blue.

Here's one showing Bruce Lee what he's up against in "Enter the Dragon":

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I'm not sure which 16mm model this is. Can someone please identify it and list another film with cameos by our favorite machines?

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Not a projector, but a camera. Not a movie, but a TV show.

About two seasons ago I remember CSI New York had some unusual suspects doing some really freaky stuff and capturing the action with what looked to me to be a Krasnorsk Super-8 camera. What struck me it about was that it was set in modern times and nobody in the show thought it was a big deal that they weren't using video. I think we have a friend out there in TV Land.

More recently on Criminal Minds I remember seeing Mandy Patinkin's character watching Charlie Chaplin on 16mm in his office (your tax dollars at work…). One of the young guys walked in and said "Why don't you guys get a DVD?"

-I grabbed the remote and looked for a "smack" button, but none was in evidence!

Most of the time you see somebody working a projector on screen they are fighting it. There is film all over the place and usually it ends with the image stopping and melting on screen. I guess a couple of formats from now we’ll get to laugh at what happens when a DVD gets a scratch.

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Christian Bjorgen
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In the second season of "Lost", the characters use a 16 mm projector of unknown brand to watch an orientation film on 16 mm film. And of course there's 8mm/16mm projectors in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "The Waterboy".

I'll see if I can get screengrabs from the three and post [Smile]

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There is one (16mm) toward the end of David Lynch's "Lost Highway" and one at the beginning of "Absence Of Malice". I think that one is a 16mm Bell & Howell autoload.

Doug...pay close attention to the projector at the beginning of "Enter the Dragon" because if I remember right the spools are traveling opposite directions! That's not right [Smile]

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My favourite at present is a Bolex (M8?) used as a display item in Ted's flat in 'how I met your mother' on C4
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and don't forget Karen Allen watching her 8mm home movies on the excellent 'Starman'

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Erwin Geeraerts
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Ofcourse you can not ignore the 16mm camera and projector in Peeping Tom [Smile] .

In the movie the Illusionist there is a very short clip of an early 20th century 35mm projector.

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Yanis Tzortzis
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...don't let's forget 'The Italian Job' starting with a 16mm film show-& was that projector,if memory helps,a Bell & Howell?

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"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" from the Twilight Zone.
Ida Lupino as the aging actress watching her films alone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRuRCAsqVOY

I can't ID the projector, but the boxed-in design suggests the JAN models (is 1959 the right time frame for those?) At about 4:11 you get a decent look at it.

Claus.

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Janet Leigh in a Columbo episode....watches her old movies on a 16mm...and in fact the broken film and all provides both the alibi for the murder she committed and the fatal clue to convict her. Also in the first Roland Winters Chan film, he has an old Ampro in his home crime lab. I have a still of him watching a film on that projector.

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Fabrizio Mosca
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"The China Syndrome", both with 16mm camera (a Cinema Product, if I remember right) and 16mm projector (I don't remember which one).

What about "Blow Out" with John Travolta and Nancy Allen? Not only 16mm projectors... [Wink]

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Karen Allen watching her old home movies on an Elmo ST1200 at the start of "Starman"!

EDIT: Oops...already mentioned! Sorry John, missed your post first time! [Smile]

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Here is john cleese from the python series using a projector can one tell what it is?
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Joe McAllister
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The John Cleese projector is a Bolex 18-5 probably std/regular 8 as the super 8 version was a different grey.

PS Michael Caine watches porn Movies in Get Carter.On an 8mm projector
The jury in "Performance" watch on 16mm.
PPS LA Confidential has a 16mm screening scene as Kim Basinger watches a veronica Lake clip.
Sunset Boulevard has 35mm

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There is another Monty Python episode in 'The ministry of silly walks sketch" where John Cleese uses a Eumig projector then picks it up and throws it across the room (to off camera so hopefully the projector lived!)
There is an Ampro in "THE CIDER HOUSE RULES" also a B&H is in use in THE WORLDS FASTEST INDIAN.
There is also an interesting looking 16mm machine in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

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In REBECCA, Lawernce Olivier shows Joan Fontaine films from their trip. Don't know what projector.

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In Freaks and Geeks (tv series) theere is a basement scene where they are watching porn on a old projector.

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In Granada Films 'Up on the Roof' there is an 8mm proj showing pics of a hill/mountain and with socks hanging on the screen - and there was a gnome mounted (pardon) on the projector. The machine was my Fumeo 9139 Arc - and I was the (unseen) projectionist - the things I did to avoid getting a proper job!!
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This will be a big topic!

Gremlins 35mm projectors with Snow White screening!

Desperatly Seeking Susan projection room in NYC theatre.

The Smallest Show On Earth - a classic if you love old theatres and projectors.

Dodgeball, I think a 16mm projector was used for old films on Dodgeball history.

The Omega Man, Charlton Heston runs films in a downtown LA theatre for himself.

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Wayne Tuell
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In HOOPER they went back to Sonny's (Burt Reynolds) place after the big bar fight to watch old footage of "gags" they did in the past.

In Enter The Dragon (which Doug shows) Bruce Lee was shown 16mm footage of (I think) HAN who he was after. Note the reels turning in opposite directions and no film.

In Death Ship there was a DeVry projector on the Nazi ship!!! LOL

In an episode of C.S.I. they used a 16mm projector once that I recall. I think that was and Elmo AL since it shut off after the film ran out.

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The Italian Job springs to mind,Michael Caine uses a projector to watch the plans for the gold robbery,Mark.

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Graham Ritchie
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In the movie "Capricorn One" Brenda Vaccaro who plays Kay Brubaker is shown screening her home movies to Elliot Gould as he tries to piece together the truth, cant remember what the 8mm projector was. [Roll Eyes]

On the TV side of things who can forget "MASH" :)I think it was a B/H 16mm... either the film or the projector was always braking down a brilliant TV series.

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Hi,

in "8MM" (1999) and "JFK" (1991) unknown 8mm-projectors are shown and used.

In "Blast from the Past" (1999) the family Webber is watching "TV" in her bunker. However the source of the TV-image is a 16mm-film... I guess that it must be some Silvana-projector (or is it "Silvania"?).

There are also some Super8-amateur-films about some "Projektorenrennen" like this one [Wink]

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HERE IS MR BILL'S COLLECTION OF PROJECTORS ANYBODY RECONIZE THE LAST ONE? [Razz]
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In the back of mind I remember a scene from 'Bachelor Party', a film from when Tom Hanks wasn't a serious actor.
In one scene the lads watch a porno, however someone has mischeaviously cut out the 'best parts' leaving the film with the scenes where the guy meets two girls - which then cuts to all three lying in bed after the deed.
The stag party are baffled but not as much as the viewer as the film reel looks like a full 400ft but runs for about a minute.
I think the dialogue that follows from Mr Hanks is " I may be a bit of a traditionalist but I usually like my filth to be filthier than that!"

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8mm film played an important part of the story in both Brian DePalma's DRESSED TO KILL, and Michael Mann's MANHUNTER.

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