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This Is Cinerama (1952)

A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »
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Cast

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Lowell Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and photographic means. Cinerama format opens with Rockaway Playland Roller Coaster, then Temple Dance from "Aida", views of Niagra Falls, Long Island Choir - an early test of CineramaSound in B&W -, Canals of Venice, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, bullfight and musical performance in Spain, Act II finale of "AIDA" at La Scala Opera House, Milan. "Intermission 15 minutes" Act II commences with a sound demonstration - "we call it stereophonic sound" says LT. Then to Cypress Gardens, Florida, for trick water skiing and boating scenes. The last half of Act II- "America the Beautiful"- is viewed from the nose of a low flying B-25 aeroplane. Finally, credits. Written by David Coles <mitchell@zeta.org.au>

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The film with a new dimension See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Esto es Cinerama See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$41,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2012 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Cinerama 7-Track

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (Sepiatone)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

In the otherwise wonderful "America the Beautiful" segment, Yosemite Falls is called Bridal Veil Falls in the narration. Also, the Sierra Nevada mountains are said to be in western California, not eastern, which is their correct location. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no opening logos or credits; not even a title. There is a three-minute musical overture before the curtains open, followed by a 12-minute black-and-white prologue narrated by Lowell Thomas. Thomas says the title when he introduces the film process: "Ladies and gentlemen... this is Cinerama!". All of the credits, title included, are at the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Days of Cinerama (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
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Historic But Not That Entertaining
24 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

This Is Cinerama (1952)

** (out of 4)

Lowell Thomas, in a standard B&W prologue, gives us a quick history lesson in regards to film before history is set yet again when the screen opens wide and we're introduced to beautiful color and Cinerama. THIS IS CINERAMA is somewhat a historic little documentary since it did pretty much introduce people to what Hollywood was going to use to try and battle television, which had been taking away their profits. There's no question that the opening sequence is quite impressive and you can just feel the historic nature of it. With that said, everything that follows is pretty bland and boring when viewed today. I'm really not sure what they could have done to show off this format as the actual movies that would come would do that themselves. This here basically features a bunch of smaller things just to show off the format. We start off with a roller coaster ride before hitting other things including a large number of people water skiing, people dancing and various other short stories. The problem I had is that none of these short stories are all that interesting and I think you could argue that none of them really do justice to Cinerama. Still, considering this format was new and just being introduced here, I guess you can't blame the film too much. Is the film worth watching? I would say yes simply for its historic side but I think most people won't be that entertained.


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