You might have heard that Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, at least on the technology side of things, is something special. That's because it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70mm — the first film since 1966's Khartoum to do so. That's a big deal for film nerds, as the spectacle of 70mm film is a rare treat indeed in an age when traditional 35mm film itself is scarce.
But perhaps you're not a film nerd. Fortunately for you, two of the greatest, Tarantino himself and director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) sat down for a 40-minute conversation with critic Pete Hammond about the joys of proper film. Tarantino talks a bit about the massive undertaking required to make 70mm projection a reality at over 100 theaters across the country, and he discusses his initial surprise at the reaction to utilizing large format film. Along with The Hateful Eight's unique "roadshow" opening, which includes an overture and an intermission, Tarantino argues that 70mm "might be film's last stand" as it turns movies into an event to be enjoyed at the theater.
As for the revival in large-format film, but Tarantino and Anderson credit none other than The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan for forcing film to stick around as the bulk of the movie industry moved to digital.
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