Not since the 3D boom of 1953 have filmmakers and movie audiences been so captivated by the potential of what is more accurately called “stereoscopic motion picture technology.” Driving this resurgence are the development of advanced digital projection systems and a new generation of moviegoers eager for the “next new thing” – even though the art of 3D motion pictures is over a century old.
Hosted by Science and Technology Council member Rob Hummel, “Getting Perspective” will serve as a stereoscopic primer: film clips, discussion and live demos will reveal the mechanics and marvels of stereo vision, the proscenium arch, interocular distance and convergence, anaglyphs, active vs. passive glasses, and circular vs. linear polarization.
The Tech Council’s 3D showcase will continue the following week with the American premiere of the newly restored John Wayne classic Hondo in 3D digital projection. This quintessential Western, based on the Louis L’Amour story “The Gift of Cochise,” stars Wayne as Hondo Lane, a dispatch rider who must protect an isolated female rancher (Geraldine Page) and her young son from a hostile Native American tribe.
When it was released in 1953, Hondo screened in 3D in a limited number of theaters; it has rarely been seen in that format since. The evening’s program will include a panel discussion hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin about the film’s restoration.
Academy Award Nominee: Actress in a Supporting Role (Page)
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