Scent of Mystery (1960) - News Poster


Aussie wants to put the smell back into cinema

Australian writer-producer Tammy Burnstock has been fascinated by the world.s first and only .Smell-o-Vision. feature ever since she interviewed its director/cinematographer Jack Cardiff in 1986.

Now Burnstock is part of the team that aims to screen a restored version of Scent of Mystery, retitled Holiday in Spain, to cinema audiences around the world including Australia.

Released in 1960, the film starred Denholm Elliott as a mystery novelist who discovers a plan to murder an American heiress (Beverly Bentley) while on vacation in Spain. He enlists the help of a local taxi driver (Peter Lorre) to try to thwart the crime. The cast included Leo McKern, Diana Dors and Paul Lukas.

Cardiff and producer Mike Todd Jr. updated a system invented by a Swiss man, Dr. Hans Laube, which piped artificial scents through a network of tubes to the back of each seat in a theatre.

Laube first demonstrated his .Scentovision
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Movie Legend Cardiff Dead At 94

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Movie Legend Cardiff Dead At 94
Marilyn Monroe's favourite moviemaker Jack Cardiff has died, aged 94.

The Oscar-winning cinematographer and director was best known for his work on movies such as The African Queen and Sons & Lovers.

He started his movie career as an actor in 1918 silent film My Son, My Son but made his breakthrough as a cinematographer 20 years later on Wings of The Morning - the first colour movie shot in Britain.

He won an Oscar for his work on Black Narcissus in 1947 and teamed up with Monroe a decade later for The Prince and the Showgirl.

Cardiff also directed the first film in Smell-o-Vision, Scent of Mystery in 1960 and cult movie Girl on A Motorcycle in 1968.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and was presented with an Honorary Oscar in 2001.

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