The Third Reich In 3D
Newly found films show surprisingly advanced attempts at three-dimensional footage
Turns out the Third Reich had something in common with James Cameron: Variety reported earlier this week that two 3D films produced by Josef Goebbel's propaganda ministry made in 1936 have been recently unearthed, placing their experiments with the hyper-real format well ahead of Hollywood's. So what would the Nazi's want to watch in 3D? "One film, a musical set during a carnival entitled "So Real You Can Touch It" features close up shots of sizzling bratwurst on a barbeque," says Nick Holdsworth at Variety.
Another "Six Girls Roll into Weekend," depicts "what may be UFA studio [Germany's national movie producer] starlets living it up." The films were unearthed by Australian director Philippe Mora, who is making a documentary on the various ways the Nazi's used images to manipulated reality. Mora notes the connection between the control of images and the control of the masses: "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," he is quoted by Variety. It's enough to make us think twice the next time we see a James Cameron movie.
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