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« : February 27, 2011, 10:16:28 PM »

Subj: 3D films of Third Reich unearthed
The find was made by the director of Howling II and Howling   III, whose
follow-up to those classics was Communion, which I happen to be   
watching now -- it's a good picture, even though the creature effects   
are less sophisticated than most present-day action figures...

Were   the Nazis First to Develop 3D Movies?
By Mike Bracken (Subscribe to Mike   Bracken's posts)
Posted Feb 15th 2011 11:15AM

Australian filmmaker   Philippe Mora is at the Berlin International Film
Festival this week to   talk about his planned 3D biopic about surrealist
artist Salvador Dali.   That film sounds quite interesting (Alan Cumming
is set to star), but   while discussing 3D in general, the director
dropped a bigger bombshell:   He has discovered two short, 3D propaganda
films shot by the Nazis back in   1936 - putting them way ahead of
Hollywood in terms of developing the   technology.

This isn't the first time Mora's discovered interesting   Nazi film
materials. His documentary 'Swastika' was released in 1973 and   featured
previously unseen color film footage from Hitler's home movies   shot by
Eva Braun at his Obersalzberg retreat. Those scenes now turn up in   
nearly every documentary about the Third Reich...

The 3D footage   was uncovered while Mora was preparing another
documentary on the Nazis,   this one detailing how the Third Reich used
images to create their own   reality and control the masses.

The two films, entitled 'So Real You   Can Touch It' (which sounds like
it might have also been the first 3D Nazi   porn film with that title)
and 'Six Girls Roll Into Weekend' (ditto) were   both shot on 35mm film.
Mora explains that the 3D effect was apparently   achieved by placing a
prism in front of two lenses.

"The quality of   the films is fantastic," Mora says. "The Nazis were
obsessed with   recording everything and every single image was
controlled. It was all   part of how they gained control of the country
and its   people."

Mora adds, "They were made by an independent studio for   Goebbels'
propaganda ministry and referred to as 'raum film' -- or 'space   film'
-- which may be why no one ever realized since that they were 3D."   The
director plans to incorporate the footage into his new project, 'How   
the Third Reich Was Recorded,' and believes there's almost certainly   
more early 3D film footage out there waiting to be discovered.

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