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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Reportedly So Long the IMAX Prints are ’11 miles long, weigh 600 pounds’

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer Reportedly So Long the IMAX Prints are '11 miles long, weigh 600 pounds'

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer or Greta Gerwig’s Barbie? That’s the debate that has consumed social media. But the question is, will a Barbie film be able to stand up to the might of Nolan? That will be decided in theaters, but the director has indeed brought out the big guns for his latest.

The cast of Oppenheimer is vast. From Cillian Murphy to Florence Pugh, it’s a film that has been promoted as something one needs to see in theaters. Clocking in at the 3-hour mark, Nolan’s latest is said to be full of surprises. Now, as per a new report, the film stock of that lengthy movie reportedly stretches across miles.

Christopher Nolan Brings 11 Miles Of Oppenheimer To Theaters 

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

Variety reported that Oppenheimer is clocking in at about 3 hours, making the film the longest-running one of Christopher Nolan‘s career. As expected, such a long runtime means that the prints of the film are going to be long too. But nobody could have imagined that they would be 11 miles in length.

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The Associated Press reported that the Imax prints of Oppenheimer are “11 miles of film stock” which “weigh some 600 pounds.” In an interview with the reputed site, Nolan revealed that the film will be available in 70mm, 70mm, Imax digital, 35mm, Dolby Cinema, etc., and was shot using a large-format film camera.

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Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

So what’s the best possible format to watch the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer in? As per the Interstellar director, it’s Imax 70mm. Nolan swears by the Imax 70mm format because audiences get the feeling of watching a 3D film without the glasses. He said to AP:

“The sharpness and the clarity and the depth of the image is unparalleled. The headline, for me, is by shooting on Imax 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You’re getting a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You’ve got a huge screen and you’re filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You’re immersing them in the world of the film.” 

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However, that format is available only with 25 theaters all across North America and this includes iconic venues like New York’s AMC Lincoln Square, Los Angeles’ AMC Universal CityWalk, Fort Lauderdale’s AutoNation, and more.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Brings The Atom Bomb 

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

Why did Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Oppenheimer, get a R-rating? This is the first time, any of the director’s films have garnered this extreme of a rating. Was it because of the atomic explosion that will surely be shown in the film? Probably not. But the Memento director knows that’s his film’s main selling point, and he has somehow successfully been able to simulate that on screen.

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Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

He said to AP:

“We knew that this had to be the showstopper. We’re able to do things with picture now that before we were really only able to do with sound in terms of an oversize impact for the audience — an almost physical sense of response to the film.” 

But how will audiences respond to all the technicalities he has worked so hard to fine-tune? After all, there’s stiff competition this summer. Will Nolan be able to draw the bulk of the audience to Oppenheimer? That remains to be seen.

Oppenheimer will be released on July 21, 2023.

Source: APVariety

Written by Ishita Chatterjee

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