CINERAMA HOLIDAY (1955)

Dir. Robert L. Bendick, Philippe De Lacy

Ads billed this extended travelogue as “Every Holiday You Ever Dreamed of…Come True.” Beyond the assemblage of more exciting locales than most tourists could ever afford to visit, the film’s widescreen image, re-created in this special Cinerama presentation, probably made it better than anybody’s wildest dreams. This was the second feature in the three-camera process, following the phenomenally popular This Is Cinerama (1952). In three years, the Cinerama Company had developed more mobile cameras, which gave sequences like ski and bobsled runs through the Swiss Alps and a flight with the Navy’s “Blue Angels” more fluidity and excitement. The film also added a bit of plot, focusing on two couples, one Swiss and one from Kansas, exchanging continents during a six-month vacation. Among the highlights are a Baptist church service in New Orleans, performances at nightclubs in Paris and Las Vegas, a ride on the California-Zephyr through the Pacific Northwest and a French puppet show where the widescreen allows viewers to watch both the performance and the audience. With $12 million in rentals, CINERAMA HOLIDAY was the top box-office film of 1955.

In attendance: Beatrice Troller, Betty (Marsh) York.

This film will be presented in Cinerama using a new digital edition scanned from the original three-strip negatives. This screening is sponsored by Arclight Cinemas.

CINERAMA HOLIDAY
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