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Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838-1952

by Ray Zone

Availablecloth$60.00x 978-0-8131-2461-2
232 pages  Pubdate: 12/07/2007  6 x 9  50 photos

Though it may come as a surprise to both cinema lovers and industry professionals who believe that 3-D film was born in the early 1950s, stereoscopic cinema actually began in 1838, more than 100 years before the 3-D boom in Hollywood was created by the release of Arch Oboler’s African adventure film, Bwana Devil, filmed in “Natural Vision” 3-D. Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952, is a comprehensive prehistory of the stereoscopic motion picture. In the late nineteenth century, stereoview cards were popular worldwide, and soon filmmakers wanted to capture these “living pictures” with motion, sound, and color. Writing a new chapter in the history of early cinema, Ray Zone not only discusses technological innovation and its cultural context but also examines the aesthetic aspects of stereoscopic cinema in its first century of production.

"Author Ray Zone comprehensively includes the myths, intrigue, disagreements, numerous attempts that didn't work, and intermittent successes that transpired in the origins of stereoscopic imaging, the dawn of photography itself, and the exciting introductions of three-dimensional cinematography throughout the world. Unlike any book I know of, this work covers the area of stereoscopic cinema origins never undertaken by any writer since the beginning of cinematography. Easy to read, and exciting to follow, whether you're a film enthusiast or a history buff of any subject, this book is a worthy read." --Susan Pinsky, Reel 3D Enterprises, Inc

“Just how many books will be required to cover these [cinematic] eras with the same attention to historic and technical detail isn’t known, but readers of Stereoscopic Cinema will find their interest in all aspects and eras of the subject stimulated and ready for more.” --Stereo World

“This book is one that should appeal to anyone with an interest in stereoscopic photography and the history of the projected image.” --Kentwood Wells, Magic Lantern Gazette

“If it was acceptable to begin a book review with WOW! that’s what I would say about Ray Zone’s Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D film: 1838-1952. The book is a thorough, precise, comprehensive and deeply revealing analysis of its subject.” --Betsy A. McLane, Editor's Guild Magazine

“Zone methodically examines the step-by-step development of stereoscopic film technologies, their marketing efforts, and the public exhibition of their oftentimes single-digit number of productions.” --Silent Era

“Zone does an admirable job of tracking the origins of 3-D and describing how elements of early experiments led to stereoscopic cinema, which had its heyday in the 1950s.”“An interesting trip back to the origins of three-dimensional film. Recommended.”—J.M. King, CHOICE

“Ray Zone, a 3D artist and expert in stereoscopy, takes the reader on a voyage of stereo discovery into the rich history of inventors and technologies that led to the revolution evidenced in such popular 3D films as Man in the Dark and House of Wax.” --Stereoscopy

"Zone marshals a wide range of facts and trivia. Stereoscopic Cinema and the 3-D Film, 1838-1952 is probably best viewed as a gift to hardcore 3-D buffs." --Steve Kaczmarek,Ohioana Quarterly

"One comes away from Stereoscopic Cinema with a greater appreciation for the rich, laregely neglected history of 3-D film." --Nick Rombes, Technology and Culture