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Bern revives historic Swiss Disney films

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

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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