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If you like holograms and Hologauze® then you may be that rare niche of person that also enjoys watching anaglyph film footage from the early days of 3D. In celebration of the fantastic stereoscopic 3D qualities of Hologauze, we bring you five of the best early 3D attempts, paving the way for 3D of the future….
Plastigrams, 1922, Directed: Frederick Eugene Ives, Jacob Leventhal:
Let’s start from the very early days. Hold fire on your anagylph glasses – Plastigrams swops cyan/blue to the left eye and magenta/red to the right – so hold your glasses reverse side up to view this accurately. Plastigram is perhaps the most basic of this article’s offerings – but still, it boasts a man with a whip! Its crude existence strikes of inspiration! And inspired it was, paving the way for gems such as…
The Three Stooges, Pardon My Backfire, 1953, Directed: Jules White
We’re skipping ahead a couple of decades here, because this is too good to wait. The Three Stooges is just hilarious anyway – but this is amazing in 3D! After a bit of a lull, 3D came back in full force during the 50’s, and this cracker makes it clear why.
L’Arrive d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat, 1934, Directed: Louis Lumière
This clip makes it way in the chart simply as a matter of interest. Most people know the story of the Lumière brothers screening of L’Arrive d’un Train in the late 1800’s and how, according to myth, cinema-goers rushed out of the cinema in panic believing the train was real. Well less known is that Louis Lumière made this 3D version in the 30’s – and infact, the story is more likely to be related to this subsequent showing when the train actually did come out of the screen.
House of Wax, 1953, Director: André De Toth
Back to when 3D first truly exploded upon the unsuspecting public: House of Wax has made its way into this chart largely because Vincent Price with a ping pong ball is just so incredibly debonair and magnetic. The film is a classic – and this ping pong scene shows off old skool 3D at its finest.
Motor Rhythm, 1953, Director: John Norling
Let’s finish on a high – Motor Rhythm is the 1959 colour re-release of the 3D stop motion ‘In Tune with Tomorrow’ screened in 1939. The original was a massive hit, viewed by 1 and a half million people at the 1930 World’s Fair at the Chrysler exhibit. In colour it’s even better.