Bern revives historic Swiss Disney films

Bern is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo ’64 in Lausanne this month by reviving historic films created by US animator Walt Disney for a special 360-degree cinema presented at the world exhibition.

Bern revives historic Swiss Disney films
The films will be shown in Bern's Bundesplatz. Photo: Esther Westerveld

The ‘Circarama’ was developed by Disney in 1955 and screened special movies shot on 35mm film from nine camera angles.

Disney himself visited Lausanne during Expo ’64 to check on his invention, which was seen by around four million visitors during the course of the exhibition’s near-seven month run.

On September 12th and 13th, the organization Memoriav, which works to protect and archive Switzerland’s audiovisual heritage, will present extracts of the original films created for the Circarama’s stay in Lausanne on a model of the 360-degree cinema.

The programme includes The Magic of the Rails, a film produced by Disney for Swiss national railway company SBB, and a Hollywood-style film about the Swiss army.

The model Circarama, installed in Bern’s Bundesplatz, will show the films from 10am to 6.30pm on Friday September 12th and from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, September 13th.

A smaller version of the Circarama has been on display at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne since the beginning of August, where it will remain until the end of the year. 

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French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Lost in Frenchlation, a film club that screens French films with English subtitles in Paris, is returning to cinemas this weekend after holding virtual screenings during lockdown.

French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Wednesday saw the reopening of cafés, restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas in France since October.

This means that Lost in Frenchlation can return to cinemas, and film buffs who struggle to watch French movies without English subtitles can meet up again this weekend at the Luminor Hotel de Ville where the first screening is taking place this Sunday.

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What’s on the programme?

The first event taking place on Sunday, May 23rd is a screening of Albert Dupontel’se César awarded film “Adieu les cons” (Bye bye Morons), a comedy drama about a woman who tries to find her long-lost child with a help of a man in the middle of a burnout and a blind archivist.

On Sunday, May 30th there will be a Mother’s Day special screening of “Énorme”, comedy, starring Marina Foïs and Jonathan Cohen, at Club de l’Étoile in the 17th arrondissement in Paris. 

On Saturday, May 22nd, there will be a virtual screening of “Joli Mai” by Chris Marker (1963) which inspired the documentary film Le Joli Mai 2020. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Marker specialist & journalist Jean-Michel Frodon.

Lost in Frenchlation is a company that sets up screenings of recent French film releases with English subtitles to give Paris’s large international community access to French culture and meet others in the same situation.

For more information, check out their website or sign up to their newsletter (link here).