Cinema: Movie Revolution

Manhattan moviegoers last week were packing a Broadway theater to see something new in moviemaking called Cinerama. The critics enthusiastically called it "thrilling," "sensational," "breath-taking," "spectacular" and a "revolution in motion pictures." The movie itself, a haphazard series of travelogues called This Is Cinerama, would have excited no one if it had been shown by ordinary projectors on a flat screen. What made audiences sit happily through two hours of the first public sampling of Cinerama was the "three dimensional" sensation to eyes & ears (TIME, July 2, 1951). The illusion jammed the spectators into the front car of a whipping...

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