Earlier this year the Berlinale Film festival seemed to have integrated 3D and arthouse cinema, with its special 3D Sunday, running three 3D movies: Michel Ocelot’s Tales of the Night (Les contes de la nuit); Wim Wenders’s Pina; Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Cannes will be strictly 2D but there are two firsts. The world Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth movie in the Johnny Depp franchise. And the first premier in Competition Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai directed by controversial and prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (imdb credits him with 15 features between 2001-2002). Cannes attendees of this 3D samurai movie should note that 10 years ago, for the showing of Miike’s ultra-violent Ichi The Killer at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, the audience were given ‘barf bags’.
Despite the Berlinale’s arthouse take on 3D, with a new 3D version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre starting production this summer, the 3D genre still has that 1970s feel, going to the movies as a kind of fairground attraction. John Waters’ Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Odorama tech for Polyester. Earthquake in Sensurround. Not a bad thing, far from it. But it also suggests that it’s still very early days for filmmakers using the 3D image to add something new to how a story is told in film. That said, to hell with storyline, we’d like to hear your suggestions for scenes in films in the past that would have been enhanced by the 3D experience.