is going to make it very hard to think about anything else until September. I'll buy the full festival "pass" and attend every screening like I did the first two festivals.
I will miss Raoul Walsh's masterful GUN FURY and THE CHARGE AT FEATHER RIVER this time, but there are other compensations. This is the first time HONDO 3-D has screened for the public since 1953 (the red/green TV airings don't count). Previous screenings were for industry insiders. Will the folks from RealD 3-D be handing out active shutter glasses again, I wonder. The line for HONDO 3-D is going to start early. Everyone is going to want the center seats where the stereo effect is the most pronounced. I can feel the effect on my arthritic feet of standing on the line already. The film is a crowd pleaser, and the audience is going to LOVE it. If Jeff Joseph could be persuaded to add a second screening, perhaps at midnight, rest assured it will sell out twice, the demand to see it is so great. You follow that with HOUSE OF WAX which always has the audience cheering. September 6 is going to be a fun Friday night.
I look forward to the seminar on Russia's early 3-D films and the feature ROBINSON CRUSOE. It astounds me that the Russians were shooting 3-D features in 1946. The stereoscopic lensmanship is very impressive indeed, if the anaglyph [forgive my use of that invective] trailer is any indication. Those camera-set-ups are worth studying. The European 3-D seminar promises stereoscopic footage from as early as 1935. I wonder if the Olympics 3-D footage was shot by Leni Riefenstahl? And then you are including another eclectic assortment of early, experimental, scarce and hitherto unknown 3-D Rarities. The Rarities is always a highlight of your Expos, Bob, and I can't wait to see what you guys have in store for us this time.
I could not be happier celebrating a birthday at Film Noir Friday Night with two of the best stereoscopic films ever lensed, John Alton's I THE JURY and Roy Ward Baker's INFERNO. The craftsmanship and artisty of these two 3-D masterpieces make the current plethora of cgi 3-D cartoons look like child's play.
Another highlight for me will be DRAGONFLY SQUADRON, which didn't get a 3-D release in 1954, did it. Won't this be the film's 3-D premiere? I gather this is your personal print and restoration?
If I skip anything, or fall asleep, it will be during ROBOT MONSTER. Yeah the stereoscopic photography is excellent but the film is strictly snooze city. The ineptitude on display is depressing. I don't understand how a film can be so inept and yet so well shot for 3-D.
I know you guys had bigger hopes, like corralling every classic 3-D film from the golden age and restoring other titles that have not been screened as of yet, but sometimes circumstances have a way of working against one's best efforts. 32 classic 3-D features plus various shorts, cartoons, and special subjects on the 60th anniversary of the 3-D wave from Hollywood's golden age is an ambitious undertaking. But your standards are impeccably high and I know it will be a resounding success.
Edited by Richard--W, April 25 2013 - 06:04 AM.