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    Metroscopix (MGM, Mid 1930s). Japanese B2 (20.5" X 29").
    Although the 3-D movie craze of the 1950s is quite well known, few realize that anaglyphic (red & green) film processes were developed quite a bit earlier. The first 3-D process was patented in the late 1890s, and the first anaglyphic film was shown to audiences in 1915. Jacob Leventhal, an early pioneer of the process, released his first stereoscopic shorts in 1923, and partnered with John Norling in 1935 to produce the Audioscopiks series for MGM. The first film in the series, narrated by popular commentator Pete Smith, received an Oscar nomination in 1936 for Best Short Subject, and was followed byThe New Audioscopiks in 1938. These were typically collections of short scenes, made intriguing by the use of the anaglyphic process, which would fully come into its own in 1952 with the release of Bwana Devil. A roaring MGM lion leaps out towards the audience on the poster offered here, which perfectly captures the thrill of these early 3-D experiments. Very rare, the piece displays nicely despite a few minor signs of handling: light foxing in the image area, soft horizontal creases, snipe residue in the bottom border, a chip in the top and left border, tears in the right and left border, and pinholes in the corners. Rolled, Fine+.


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