Film fan watches 1,000 movies in coronavirus lockdown

Film fan watches 1,000 movies in coronavirus lockdown

May 29, 2022 by BBC

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  • Image source, Phil Watts Image caption, Mr Watts's father Roger was also heavily involved in films Image source, Phil Watts Image caption, Mr Watts's parents Roger and Jill with a case of old 8mm film sets "When I was growing up in the 1970s, one of the first memories I have is of my Dad converting a garage so it had eight little cinema seats which he repurposed from one of the old cinemas in Plymouth, with a little projection room and a fishing line which he would use to open and shut the curtain in front of the screen," he said.
  • 'BAWLING MY EYES OUT' Having spent a year exploring everything from classic films through to 1990s cinema and films released in the cinema in 2021, Mr Watts said the one he would choose to watch if he could only pick one was Cinema Paradiso.
  • Image source, Getty Images Image caption, Mr Watts said he was moved to tears watching Cinema Paradiso The 1988 film about a young Italian boy learning the craft of cinema from a projectionist mirrors his own life, said Mr Watts.
  • "Growing up in the world of cinema, my dad taught me that if you want to know which side of a cine reel the enamel is on, you put your lips on it as they will stick to it, and that's what the young lad in that film learned from the projectionist."

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