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February 20, 2013

The movies: loving the silver screen

The lure of a good story on a big screen remains universal. Though we watch movies in new ways made possible by mobile devices, streaming services, and private copies, the social experience of gathering in the dark to be transported together in collective imagination is undiminished. Almost every country has an awards ceremony or film festival, making the upcoming Academy Awards just one of an endless parade for film lovers. Gathered here are images showing us watching, making, and celebrating the motion picture. -- Lane Turner (40 photos total)

People watch a 3D movie at the newly-opened Minglar cinema in Yangon, Myanmar on April 19, 2012. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Furnaceman Billy Smith recycles a damaged British Academy of Film and Television Arts award in a furnace to make new ones at the New Pro Foundaries in West Drayton, England on January 30, 2013. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters) #

A woman dressed as zombie eats during a zombie run on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 2, 2013. Horror films have become increasingly popular in recent years after effectively being banned in the Muslim-majority country for three decades. In 2011, the genre made up more than a third of domestic movies. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A film crew shoots in a Baghdad street on October 18, 2012. The din of power generators, tangle of jerry-rigged electric wiring and hassle of security checkpoints are all part of the movie business in Iraq, not to mention the lack of studio space and dearth of experienced crews. War and international sanctions have left most of Iraq's infrastructure and industry in shambles, including the movie industry. But the return of government funding means a new start for many local directors, even if the amounts are small by international standards. (Mohammed Ameen/Reuters) #

Indian artist Ranjit Dahiya works on a mural of Bollywood star Rajesh Khanna as part of Bollywood Art Project in Mumbai on July 25, 2012. BAP is an urban public art project that aims to transform the walls in Mumbai into a living memorial to Bollywood to commemorate 100 years of Hindi cinema. (Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press) #

A woman walks past illuminated movie posters at a cinema in Beijing on January 10, 2013. Moviegoers in China spent 17 billion yuan (2.7 billion USD) on tickets last year, turning the country into the second-largest film market in the world. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images) #

French actress Louise Bourgoin poses at a photocall for the movie 'The Nun' ('La Religieuse') during the 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin on February 10, 2013. (Michael Kappeler/EPA) #

A volunteer arranges chairs for the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival at Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea on October 4, 2012. (Ahn Young-joon/Reuters) #

A man helps prepare in a dusty, dimly lit Kabul basement where British cinema fan club "Secret Cinema" launched their first movie event outside Britain on December 8, 2011, bringing costume, audience participation and light-hearted mystery to the high-security Afghan capital. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters) #

People watch a movie in a park during the 16th annual International Tiradentes Film Festival in Tiradentes, Zona de Mata in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on January 23, 2013. The festival aims to highlight the growing number of films made outside the Rio-Sao Paulo axis industry. (Marco Antonio Pereira) #

Fans queue in London's Leicester Square after camping out for the night ahead of the UK premiere of the movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" at a cinema on November 14, 2012. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

At Old Town Hall in Stow, Mass., Richard Hughes (center, back wall) plays along on his keyboard to the silent film "The Goat" featuring Buster Keaton on May 18, 2012. The movies were free to the public. (Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe) #

Thousands of Rio de Janeiro residents and tourists attend the first Hitchcock movie projection - "Pleasure Garden" - at Copacabana Beach, part of the Rio International Film Festival, on October 5, 2012. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/GettyImages) #

Pope Benedict XVI (center) watches 'Art and Faith, Via Pulchritudinis' on October 25, 2012 at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images) #

Actors and guests arrive for the premiere of the movie 'Wreck-It Ralph' at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012 in Hollywood. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images) #

Lucy Carr, a specialist on entertainment memorabilia, places Charlie Chaplain's iconic bowler hat and cane back into a display case during a press preview at auction house Bonham's in Hollywood on November 15, 2012. The trademarks of Chaplin's Little Tramp character are in "remarkable condition" and are estimated to go for between $40,000 and $60,000. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) #

The blood-stained shirt worn by actor Robert de Niro in "Cape Fear" is displayed at the Martin Scorsese exhibition at the Deutsche Kinemathek, Museum for Film and Television in Berlin on January 9, 2013. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani workers pack film DVDs at a video shop in Karachi on January 29, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman gives finishing touches to a wax likeness of British actress Helen Mirren dressed as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Berlin on February 4, 2013. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pirated CDs and DVDs are destroyed during a campaign against piracy in Algiers on October 15, 2012. (Ramzi Boudina/Reuters) #

People watch an open air screening of the movie 'Barfi!' by Indian director Anurag Basu on Jemaa El Fna square during the 12th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco on December 7, 2012. (Abdelhak Senna/EPA) #

A man cleans the actor statuette ahead of the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2013. (Adrees Latif/Reuters) #

A worker waits for customers at a small cinema in New Delhi on October 23, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press) #

Film buffs wait overnight in front of a ticket counter of the Berlin International Film Festival at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on February 4, 2013. (Gero Breloer/Associated Press) #

People pass a poster of the movie "After the Battle" outside a cinema in Cairo on October 16, 2012. When horse and camel riders attacked protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square during last year's uprising, Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah was struck by one of the most vivid examples of how Egypt's huge class divide is exploited by powerful elites. Nasrallah's "After the Battle" tells the story of how one of the horsemen struggles to come to terms with his role in the aftermath of one of the most violent incidents of the 18-day-uprising which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters) #

The movie "Fargo" is projected onto the downtown Radisson in Fargo, N.D. When the movie Fargo debuted in 1996, many residents in the North Dakota city were not fans of the film's dark humor, not to mention the heavy accents. But the fame and cash from the movie eventually brought many Fargo residents around. (Darren Gibbins/The Forum/Associated Press) #

Christiane Reum works on a cast of a Berlin Bear award for the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at the Noack foundry in Berlin on January 30, 2013. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters) #

Fans of Tamil actor and director Kamal Haasan pour milk on his life-sized cardboard cut-out to celebrate the release of his new movie "Vishwaroopam" in Chennai, India on February 7, 2013. (Babu/Reuters) #

A Tibetan boy watches a film during the campaign called "Global Solidarity with Tibet" in New Delhi on January 30, 2013. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) #

Light from the projector streams from the projection room over the heads of moviegoers waiting for food at the snack bar at the Milford, N.H. Drive-in on July 13, 2012. (Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe) #

A crowd watches the premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" inside the Liberty Science Center IMAX theater in Jersey City, N.J. on July 20, 2012. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press) #

Filipinos cheer a float passing by during the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars in Manila on December 23, 2012. Theaters nationwide only show locally-produced films during the festival. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press) #

Cinema goers watch a Bollywood film at Ariana Cinema in Kabul on May 3, 2012. Once a treasured luxury for the elite, Afghan cinemas are dilapidated and reflect an industry on the brink of collapse from conflict and financial neglect. Kabul's cinemas show Pakistani films in Pashto, American action films, and Bollywood to rowdy, largely unemployed crowds in pursuit of any distraction from their drab surroundings. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) #

Spectators attend the screening of the movie "Lore" by director Cate Shortland at the 65th Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland on August 2, 2012. (Fiorenzo Maffi/Reuters) #

Pedestrians cross Main Street as preparations continue on the first day of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 17, 2013. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) #

British actress, model and television presenter Judi Shekoni poses during a shoot on the beach in Mumbai on January 31, 2013. Shekoni is in India for her debut shooting the upcoming Bollywood movie 'Club Dancer'. (Divyakant Solanki/EPA)#

Cast member Jessica Biel poses with fans as she arrives at the premiere of "Total Recall" at the then-Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 1, 2012. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)#

U.S. Marines watch a film on a laptop at Patrol Base 302 in the Gesresk Valley in Helmand province in Afghanistan on August 26, 2011. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)#

Crew members produce an episode of Tekzilla at Revision3 in San Francisco on October 3, 2012. Revision3 is part of an entire new industry of YouTube. YouTube embarked on an initiative to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire original, professional content in an effort to compete for ad dollars against traditional television networks, digital streaming services such as Netflix and rival Internet companies like AOL and Yahoo. (Noah Berger/Reuters)#

Instructions for splicing film are tacked on the wall of a projection room at the Amherst, Mass. Cinema on January 22, 2013. The required conversion from film to digital projection is forcing many small, independent movie houses to close. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)#