- Title: FRANCE: U2 rock into Cannes to debut new 3D concert movie
- Date: 24th May 2007
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 20, 2007) (REUTERS) BONO SINGING SONG "VERTIGO" WOMAN DANCING MAN FILMING FROM TREE VARIOUS OF U2 PERFORMING WOMAN DANCING PEOPLE RECORDING ON CELLPHONES VARIOUS OF U2 PERFORMING PEOPLE CLAPPING
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- Location: France
- Country: France
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- Story Text: Irish band U2 rock the Croisette with the real thing before premiere of digital 3D concert movie. Irish band U2 rocked the Cannes Film Festival early on Sunday (May 20) with a short live set on the famous red carpet on their way into the main cinema for the premiere of a new film "U2 3D".
One of the world's biggest rock acts, U2's gig attracted hundreds of fans who crammed around the VIP entrance to the Grand Theatre Lumiere.
The performance helped set this year's festival alight after a subdued start, and underlined the importance music has played in Cannes this year.
The band thrilled fans as they launched into hit songs "Vertigo" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" on the red carpet. Fans were delighted to see the band perform, some even climbed up trees on the Croisette to get a glimpse of the band, whilst others recorded the performance on mobile phones.
"The U2 concert was unbelievable it was short but sweet and it was a dream come true for me," said Christine-Louise Hohlbaum.
The film, "U2 3D" was shot in South America during the band's "Vertigo" tour, seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a gig and take fans on a thrilling visual ride.
The film combines camera angles that soar over the audience of up to 80,000, zoom in to within inches of the performers, join them on stage and look back into the stadium.
At one point, U2's lead singer Bono reaches out towards the 3D camera and looks as if he is about to step into the cinema.
Journalists at a preview screening of a 55-minute version of what will eventually be an 80-90 minute picture, were given glasses through which to view the film and were generally impressed with the authenticity of the images and sound.
The film's backers say "U2 3D" is part of a revolution in the industry leading to more 3D productions and ever more elaborate techniques.
The digital 3D film is expected to be released internationally in around 1,000 theatres equipped with digital projection systems. It will be shown only in 3D but it is yet to be seen if fans will think it is even better than the real thing.
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