Recently as I was setting up secret meeting overseas, one of my associates
recommended a movie theater as an inconspicuous location. Of course the
theaters I usually frequent, have sticky floors, torn seats and titles like
"Pamela and her Parrot". So I was surprised when a ticket for the I-MAX
Theater was slipped under my door. Even more exciting was the fact that the
movie was "Super Speedway". A racing documentary on Mario and Michael
For those of you that don't know..... I-MAX theaters have screens that are
20m x 28m, are similar to a geodesic dome inside (for proper acoustics), and
are shot on a special 70mm movie camera. The sound is digitized and
completely surrounds you. I know that there are a couple of these theaters
in the States but usually they are only around large cities.
The version of the movie that I saw had been dubbed into the local language,
so I couldn't understand everything. But racers speak their own
language...... SPEED. It was wonderful. The movie followed, the '96 CART
(possibly portions of '97) racing season. With in-car camera shots that
made my pulse rise just watching. In particular there were some excellent
in car shots at Road America. MY GOD...... those INDY Cars fly. I had more
fun trying to identify the tracks that they were racing on, and comparing
them to what we do.
On a unique side note.... the movie also had a restoration project of Mario
Andretti's first winning INDY Car (My apologies for lack of name and model,
but the movie was dubbed). It was a sexy little thing, that looked like it
would be blast to drive.
I believe that this movie already finished its run in I-MAX Theaters in the
USA so I am not sure what recourse is available for those who haven't seen
it. But if the opportunity presents itself do not hesitate.
On a sad note.... the local version of the Gestapo nabbed my contact just
outside the theater. Being a master of disguises, I made my get away and
promised to take revenge for the loss of a valuable associate.
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