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Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952

Ray Zone


Though it may come as a surprise to both cinema lovers and industry professionals who believe that 3-D film was born in the early 1950s, stereoscopic cinema actually began in 1838. It occurred more than 100 years before the 3-D boom in Hollywood, which was created by the release of Arch Oboler's African adventure film, “Bwana Devil”. This book not only discusses technological innovation and its cultural context, but also examines the aesthetic aspects of stereoscopic cinema in its first century of production. It also writes a new chapter in the history of early cinema.

Keywords: 3-D film, stereoscopic cinema, Arch Oboler, Bwana Devil, history, early cinema, aesthetic aspects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124612
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ray Zone, author