Film on Film: Experience These 35mm Prints at Cornell Cinema

One of the perks Cornell Cinema offers local film enthusiasts is the opportunity to see films projected the “old-fashioned” way, in 35mm!

We kick off with Wong Kar Wai’s romantic and ravishing In the Mood for Love (2000), featuring the cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin.

While the move to digital filmmaking has made making films more democratic, many leading directors continue to shoot films in analogue film formats, often saying it has better color capture and more closely resembles the human eye (Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino to name a few.) However, even when shot on film, many of these major features are ultimately distributed digitally (DCP). (The 70mm release of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is a notable example and exception.)

Yet there is a century of film on celluloid, captured by photosensitive silver halide crystals, and not yet (if ever) transferred or restored on digital.

Cornell Cinema is one of the few places outside a major metropolis that still can offer the experience of 35mm projection, overseen by Matthew Hidy, our head projectionist and technical supervisor, who has trained in archival film projection.

Here are the 35mm offerings this semester, including five  films from our series The Greatest Films of All Time?:

In the Mood for Love
Directed by Wong Kar Wai (2000 Hong Kong)
Thursday September 21, 2023 at 9:00
Friday September 22, 2023 at 7:00

Empire of the Ants
Directed by Burt I. Gordon (1977 USA)
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 5:00

The Toll of the Sea
Featuring the Cloud Chamber Orchestra
Directed by Chester M. Franklin (1922 USA)
Sunday October 1, 2023 at 5:30

Tokyo Story
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (1953 Japan)
Saturday October 14, 2023 at 8:00
Thursday October 19, 2023 at 9:00

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Directed by Chantal Akerman (1975 France)
Saturday October 21, 2023 at 8:00
Sunday October 22, 2023 at 2:30
Friday October 27, 2023 at 7:00

Tropical Malady
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasthekul (2004 Thailand)
Saturday November 11, 2023 at 7:00

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scene from the film IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE ((2000, dir. Wong Kar Wai)