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What 16mm Films Did You See Last Night?

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  • Last night I had my son and three grandsons over to watch my 16 mm print of 9 to 5 (1980). My 12-year-old grandson loaded the projector for me. This movie is a family favorite and although I didn't make any screenshots... take my word for it the print I have is in pristine condition. It does have a couple spots of censored audio but overall complete. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton have never been so good and Dolly Parton's theme song shows her genius.


    • Last night was quite a warm night here in the UK.

      So, for my 2nd ever outdoor film show, I chose to go 16mm for a change.

      1x 150' - Penny Lane - The Beatles film to the song. Lost a lot of its colour but, oh boy, what a gem! Never come across this one again.

      1x 2100' 1x 1600' - Casablanca

      I was quite surprised to note that even with a throw of about 25', the usual 51mm lens STILL could not fill a screen 75" wide. Therefore, I had to resort to another zoom lens I have in my possession. Also interesting to note that even since my first outdoor show a couple of weeks ago, I was able to start the show 15 minutes earlier. Oh dear! We are heading for the fall ! (Yippee, though, for more indoor shows soon!)



      • One of my all time favorites: SUPERMAN II, starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackmann and the amazing Terence Stamp. The print has got some wear, but it doesn’t take away the fun of this 80‘s adventure! Full of great ideas, stunning special effects and a glorious scope image!
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        • Tonight I watched a 16mm print I got on E-Bay a few weeks ago: The Ways of the Wind. It's about a youth sailing program and includes a regatta. What was a real bonus about it is it turns out it takes place on Long Island in the county where I grew up.

          (-actually, one of my old girlfriends lived next to the harbor they sail in!).

          Today I still live very close to the North Shore, about 15 miles away from the setting of this film: the scenery is very, very familiar!


          • Last night I watched the 1992 film Once Upon a Crime. It's kind of a crazy over-the-top "who done it" murder mystery. Starring Jim Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, John Candy, Richard Lewis, and George Hamilton.

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