There has been some speculation and questioning from film aficionados and Batman fans alike about whether or not the Alamo will be projecting Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES on 35mm. Not to worry cinephiles because we will be showcasing the final installment of THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy on good, ol-fashioned celluloid only at the Ritz. Not only is this a feature that we here at the Alamo love to utilize, it’s also the preference of Nolan himself.
For the better part of a decade now Nolan has always advocated the use of shooting and projecting movies on film. Today more and more Hollywood studios and directors are beginning to abandon film, both in production and distribution, for digital technology. Nolan has taken the exact opposite side of the debate, stating in a recent interview with the Director’s Guild of America, “It’s cheaper to work on film, it’s far better looking, it’s the technology that’s been known and understood for a hundred years, and it’s extremely reliable.” For him, it’s a no-brainer, artistically and financially.
In the recent months leading up to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Nolan has become the poster child for keeping the film in filmmaking. In fact only he and Steven Spielberg have been Hollywood’s only major directors not to convert over to the digital craze, with Nolan being the most outspoken because of his countless interviews leading up to TDKR.
Whether or not you agree with Nolan you should at least try and see his film the way it was intended to be seen. You can catch a beautiful 4k digital projection of the film at all of our other locations, but you should do yourself a favor and also watch it at the Ritz in 35mm. Because, both you and I know that seeing TDKR once will not be enough. (RJ LaForce)
Read the entire DGA interview with Christopher Nolan as well as a recap of his comments at the Produced By Conference.