Cinema: Son of Cinerama

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. "The answer to television!" So they said when Cinerama was first shown to the public in 1952, and for a couple of years praise was supported by performance: This Is Cinerama, the first full-length picture produced in the medium, has grossed more than $26 million. But the novelty soon wore off. For one thing, the customers were obviously irritated by the imperfections of the Cinerama process: the fuzzy vertical lines between the three panels of the picture; the jiggling of the panels and their variations of color and brightness; a degree of distortion that...

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