We know that Quentin Tarantino loves celluloid and that he shot his latest film, “The Hateful Eight” in 70mm (actually Ultra Panavision 70, to be exact). But the problem is most theaters are now equipped with digital systems and are unprepared to properly exhibit the film.
News has come from CineGear Expo by way of cinematographer Bill Bennett who, after a presentation of “Hateful Eight” test footage tweeted that Tarantino plans to help put 70mm projectors equipped with anamorphic gear into 50 theaters worldwide so the film can be screened properly. It’s worth noting that Bennett didn’t shoot “Hateful Eight.” That was three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson (“JFK,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo”).
The footage was projected in 70mm anamorphic film and included actor close-ups, interiors and various exteriors in a variety of lighting conditions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Hateful Eight,” now in post-production, was shot on 65mm negative and is likely the first production to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses since “Khartoum” in 1966, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tarantino has been a vocal proponent of film and was among the Hollywood contingent who successfully rallied for Kodak to continue to produce film stock.
Tarantino has also been a critic of digital filmmaking. “As far as I’m concerned, digital projection is the death of cinema,” said Tarantino at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. “The fact that most films aren’t presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema.”