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Thu, Mar 14, 2019 - Sun, Mar 17, 2019
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3-D FAVORITES
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Advances in digital technology and a desire to provide audiences with immersive experiences have pushed 3-D from specialty theaters to neighborhood multiplexes in recent years. Though the last decade has seen an explosion of 3-D films, efforts to bring depth to movie visuals go back a full century – the first public presentation of a 3-D motion picture occurred on June 10, 1915.

About halfway between that initial screening at New York’s Astor Theatre and recent Disney 3-D animation such as MOANA and RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, 3-D experienced its first big boom as studios scrambled to put something in theaters to compete with the then-new medium of television. BWANA DEVIL kicked off an era that had viewers across the country donning cardboard glasses and ducking for cover as various objects seemingly shot out from the screen. This golden age of 3-D lasted just a few years in the early 1950s before theater owners tired of the requirements of the dual-strip format – two projectors running in perfect synch – and turned to other potential audience-grabbers such as CinemaScope.

Along with movie monsters like CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, crime films like THE GLASS WEB (directed, like CREATURE, by Jack Arnold) also made good use of an extra dimension onscreen, and even the great Alfred Hitchcock tried his hand at 3-D during the glory days of the format with DIAL M FOR MURDER. More recently another legendary filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard, had some fun with the 3-D medium in GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE.

This series is presented in conjunction with the LACMA exhibition 3D: Double Vision, on display through March 31, 2019. 3D: Double Vision is the first North American survey of 3D objects and practices. Featuring artifacts of mass culture alongside historical and contemporary art, the exhibition addresses the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism and our relationship to accompanying technologies and apparatuses as it traces the generational cycles of 3D across 175 years.

Film series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Mar 14, 2019 - Sun, Mar 17, 2019
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Thu, Mar 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Mar 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Mar 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Mar 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
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