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This Is Cinerama (1952) Poster

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The roller coaster ride was filmed several times using "short ends" and the complete circuit contains two skilfully edited takes. It was directed by Michael Todd Jr.. At the time, Todd was a 21-year-old college student on vacation from Amherst. Apart from salaries, the sequence cost $33 (rental of a station wagon and the cost of bolts to fix the cameras to the roller coaster). Todd Jr. also directed most of the European footage.
The Cinerama aspect ratio was 2.59:1. It is frequently - and erroneously assumed to be 2.77:1, wider than M-G-M's Camera 65 (the process that Ben-Hur (1959) was filmed in), but it actually is not. The "you are there" effect resulted from the three strips of film running at once and from the deep curvature of the screen, a more extreme curvature than Todd-AO or IMAX.
Some members of the creative team wanted to use the famous roller coaster sequence as the finale. It was producer/co-director Merian C. Cooper who insisted that it appear first (after the prologue) in order to grab the audience from the start.
Cinerama technicians were working on the system right up to the last minute. The was no time for a trial run. It wasn't until the actual premiere in front of an audience that the entire presentation of this film, from start to finish, took place.
Original director Robert J. Flaherty became ill and died shortly after filming Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Chicago on April 26, 1951, a wet and windy day. The sequence was not included.
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Musical Director Louis Forbes was basically a conductor. Max Steiner composed much of the original music used, but did so secretly, as he was under contract to Warner Brothers at the time.
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When released in Spain in 1958, the censors of Gen. Francisco Franco cut several minutes out of it.
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His uncredited direction of the prologue became the final film project for Ernest B. Schoedsack.
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Besides developing the Cinerama process, Fred Waller was a pioneer of the sport of water-skiing. This explains why the Cypress Gardens water-ski show was included in "This is Cinerama".
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This is Cinerama was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry list in 2002. It was the 2nd Cinerama process motion picture to be added to the list.
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The 2011 restoration reformats the picture into a three-dimensional computer graphic, the trademarked Smilebox Curved Screen Simulation, to replicate the film's original theatrical viewing experience.
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According to producer Merian C, Cooper, after the premiere,there were still hundreds of people at the theatre at 4:00 AM talking about the experience.
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