This Is Cinerama (1952)
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and photographic means. Cinerama format opens with Rockaway Playland Roller Coaster, then Temple Dance from "Aida", views of Niagra Falls, Long Island Choir - an early test of CineramaSound in B&W -, Canals of Venice, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, bullfight and musical performance in Spain, Act II finale of "AIDA" at La Scala Opera House, Milan. "Intermission 15 minutes" Act II commences with a sound demonstration - "we call it stereophonic sound" says LT. Then to Cypress Gardens, Florida, for trick water skiing and boating scenes. The last half of Act II- "America the Beautiful"- is viewed from the nose of a low flying B-25 aeroplane. Finally, credits.
This the first of what would prove to be only a limited number of films produced in the Cinerama wide-screen projection process developed by Fred Waller. Hosted and narrated by Lowell Thomas the wide-screen projection is meant to provide an inclusive experience for the viewer. Beginning with an introduction by Thomas where he give a short history of film, he then says 'This is Cinerama' and the viewers find themselves practically seated on a wild roller coaster ride. Broad vistas and swelling music were hallmarks of all Cinerama films.
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