Saturday, April 05, 2014

Stefan Drössler: The History of 3D (expanded lecture show, 2014 edition)

Stefan Drössler: The History of 3D (a lecture show) (revised and expanded 2014) edition)
180 min. 2K DCP, 3D XpanD. Cinema Orion, Helsinki (3D), 5 April 2014.

In 2012 Stefan Drössler opened our first 3D retrospective with his already legendary lecture show which he presented for the first time in the FIAF Tokyo Congress in 2007. I saw it then and was already impressed, and by 2012 the lecture show has grown and expanded a lot. The 2K digital reformatting of 12 different historical 3D systems or formats has been very successfully realized. Today, it was further expanded.

The topics discussed included: - How does 3D work? - Paper prints, FR 1900s (mildly erotic). René Bünzli, three films with a lady in the bedroom. - The unintentional 3D impact of Georges Méliès movies which were shot on a double camera which produced two negatives with the proper angle difference (Le Chaudron infernal [FR 1903], L'Oracle de Delphes [FR 1903]). - Max Skladanowsky: Plastische Weltbilder, DE 1900s. - Audioscopiks demo. - Louis Lumière 1935: L'Arrivée d'un train 3D, FR 1935, Mother and baby 3D, FR 1935, A beach scene with playing children 3D, FR 1935. - The 1936 Paris programme around L'Ami de monsieur, FR 1936, the first 3D sound movie: L'Ami de monsieur outtake, ski scene on a hill slope. - Polaroid demo, Edwin D. Land. - Raumbilder: the Berlin Olympics, DE 1936, running, cycling. - 6 Mädels rollen ins Wochenend, DE 1939. - 3D military films of WWII (DE 1940s): Die Flakschiesslehre (DE 1943). - Boehner Film after WWII: Volkswagen commercials, Oktoberfest commercial ("waren Sie schon in München?"), DE 1950s. - In Russia: many experiments with Stereokino, the first 3D feature films. - Kontsert (vertical 3D). - Aleksandr Andriyevsky: Robinson Crusoe / Robinzon Kruzo (SU 1946), a 3D masterpiece according to Sergei Eisenstein. - Mastera sporta demo. - Laurens Hammond, of the Hammond organ. - Francois Savoye, Paris 1954, wire system, cyclostereoscope. - The Festival of Britain, South Bank Exhibition, Telekinema, 3D Technicolor, Raymond Spottiswoode, GB 1951. Norman McLaren: Now Is the Time, GB 1951 *. The Festival of Britain show toured internationally and probably inspired the 3D wave of Hollywood in the 1950s. Bwana Devil was stupid but made a lot of money. - Walt Disney: Melody (US 1953) * - Inferno (US 1953). - - The French Line (US 1953): Jane Russell in the big production number "Any Gal From Texas" - Dial M for Murder (US 1954) - Creature from the Black Lagoon was the last successful film in this wave. - Totò 3D restored (in colour), massaging a woman in drag. - USA: Stereovision, anamorphic, mainly for sex movies. - Spacevision was in use in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, France, and India. Dynasty / Qian dao wan li zhu (TW/HK 1977) *. - Space vision for Flesh for Frankenstein, Jaws 3D, etc. Arch Oboler was still at it with The Bubble (US 1966) with its visions of a strange town with hovering beer trays. - 70 mm film could be used for a dual 3D image. Stereokino 70. In the USSR, Parad attraktsionov (SU 1960s) still by Aleksandr Andrieyevsky, underwater and bird footage beautiful. - IMAX. - With the digital era, dimensionalization became possible for movies shot in 2D. - Animated demos of many alternative systems. - U2 3D (US 2007, D: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington), one of the best 3D movies). - Coraline - Cave of Forgotten Dreams - Blooddrop (RU 2011) - Even of classical paintings 3D versions have been attempted. - The fate of 3D: Noah not released in 3D in US, GB, AU, FR. - 4DX: Korea, entertainment parks, interviews with Bying Hwan Choi and Theodore Kim. - US action movies in 3D.

Even previously, one of the best film historical lecture shows I have seen, now even more so. There is a wealth of fascinating information not to be found in film history books or even well-known databases. This information can only be understood in a 3D show lecture like this.

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