First 3D Premier in Cannes

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Trailer for Hara-Kiri death of a Samurai
First ever 3D film to premier In Competition at Cannes Film Festival

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.


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  1. 2000s: Kill Bill 1 & 2

    1990s: Jurassic Park

    1980s: Back to the Future

    1970s: Star Wars

    Pre-1970s I would say it would have been fun with Chitty-chitty bang bang in 3D…

  2. This calls to mind those orange phone adverts we have here in the UK which always end with the line “don’t let a mobile phone ruin your movie. switch it off.” Well in this case its’ a computer. This is one big advert for why we need a computer. So what? It’s more rewarding to be outside actually living life and interacting with real human beings. This is consumerist culture meets antisocial personality head on. Led by toshiba and intel. Who have vested interest in you using your computer and depending on it more and more. This is not exploring the boundaries between film and social networking. This is just advertising wrapped in a blurry bundle.

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