A Technician's Dream? The Critical Reception of 3-D Films in Britain

Johnston, Keith M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1989-8549 (2012) A Technician's Dream? The Critical Reception of 3-D Films in Britain. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32 (2). pp. 245-265. ISSN 0143-9685

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Recent debates about the role of 3-D within cinema (and other media) have contained the traces of a largely anti-stereoscopic agenda that can be traced back to critical responses to 3-D in the 1950s. This article considers how British film reviews from the 1950s and 1980s established potent terms of discussion around the 3-D technology, its potential aesthetic development, and the role of stereoscopy within cinema. Exploring the parameters that the original reviewers set in place concerning the 3-D aesthetic, notably claims around realism, novelty, and gimmickry, the article argues that the language and terms of 1950s British film reviewers have worked to set an agenda that resonates through both the 1980s 3-D revival and modern day digital 3-D.

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University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 16:00
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 06:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40293
DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2012.669887

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