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Claus Harding
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 - posted January 14, 2010 11:31 AM      Profile for Claus Harding   Email Claus Harding   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A nice moment, showing how simple it can be, and yet how profound that 'magic lamp' is. The last paragraph in the piece reminds me a bit of us [Big Grin]


"Amit Madheshiya, winner Arts & Entertainment category, Family Business
Some of those enamoured by the first grainy images of cinema had brought a projector in 1940s Bombay. As the first images whirred to life on a taut white cloth raised in clearings in villages, a novel cultural experience presented itself before audiences who sat agape, witnessing the magic. Gradually, old projectors found themselves carted off into dusty villages by maverick lawyers, doctors and producers who formed the first touring cinema companies. Till today, the same projectors- though modified and much Indianized - have been handed down like heirlooms across generations spanning more than six decades."
(Picture and quote from The Independent of London.)


"Why are there shots of deserts in a scene that's supposed to take place in Belgium during the winter?" (Review of 'Battle of the Bulge'.)

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Winbert Hutahaean
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 - posted January 14, 2010 11:50 AM      Profile for Winbert Hutahaean   Email Winbert Hutahaean   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

The same thing is still to happen in Indonesia. We call it "Bioskop Keliling" (Cinema at large). They use 16mm but sometime also 8mm if they wanted to show some shorts. That is why I mentioned on the other thread about someone in Indonesia can isntal 250w bulb type into Sankyo 700.

They 16mm films they used mostly local film from 1970s where the copyrights is no longer held (or unknown). So you can imagine how bad is the scratches for film that has been run for hundreds time.

The film business like this is still running in the villages until now (although it is now taken over by DVD and LCD projector after the 2500 lumens LCD projectors has dropped to $7000). They charge around Rp 1000 - 2000 (eqv 10 cents to 20 cents) per person.... [Wink]

A cheap entertainment but a lot of fun !!



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