September 23, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The ground-breaking film "This is Cinerama" will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is $2.

The film, directed by Merian Cooper in 1952, featured a short-lived format that used three projectors to present an ultra-widescreen image, according to Eric Faden, associate professor of English and film/media studies at Bucknell.

"The film has seldom been available for viewing in any format since its original release and so, unless you saw it in 1952, you've never seen it," said Faden. "'Cinerama' was basically the IMAX of the 1950s and was Hollywood's attempt to head-off the introduction of television. || Related video trailer

"This new digital restoration brings the film back to the big screen and simulates how audiences in the 1950s experienced its incredible images. This release digitally stitches the three images together so they fit on a traditional movie screen and then warps the whole image to approximate the curved screen look of the original," said Faden, who will present a short, illustrated lecture prior to the film showing the restoration process.

Invented by Fred Waller and developed by Waller and Cooper, variations on the widescreen format was later used for several well-known films including "How the West Was Won," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"This is Cinerama" is part of the University's film/media studies program. The series incorporates the Film/Media Series, shown Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., and the Classroom Screenings, shown Mondays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays at 1:30.

Other films scheduled for viewing in October are:

  • Oct. 1. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "Night of the Comet," directed by Thomas Eberhardt, 1984, 7 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 2. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "Europa," directed by Lars Von Trier, Denmark/Germany, 1992, 1:30 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 2. Film/Media Studies Series. "Small Farm Rising," directed by Ben Stechschulte, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre. Admission: $2. Co-sponsored with BUEC Green Screens film series.
  • Oct. 15. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "When Harry Met Sally," directed by Rob Reiner, 1989, 7 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 16. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "Boss of it All," directed by Lars Von Trier, Denmark, 2006, 1:30 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 16. Film/Media Studies Series. "Doctors of the Dark Side," directed by Martha Davis, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre. Admission: $2. Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology.
  • Oct. 23. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "Waltz with Bashir," directed by Ari Folman, Israel, 2008, 1:30 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 23. Film/Media Studies Series. "The Prestige," directed by Christopher Nolan, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre. Admission: $2. Post-screening discussion with Matthew Slater, assistant professor of philosophy; co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
  • Oct. 30. Film/Media Studies Classroom Series. "Adaptation," directed by Spike Jonze, 2002, 1:30 p.m., Campus Theatre.
  • Oct. 30. Film/Media Studies Series. "Biophilic Design," directed by Bill Finnegan, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre. Admission: $2. Co-sponsored with BUEC Green Screens film series.
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