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Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on September 24, 2010 by dcairns

Glasses on!

Celebrating the release of Joe Dante’s THE HOLE with a couple of choice 3D movies!

TAZA, SON OF COCHISE is one of the most interesting-sounding 3D movies of the 50s, since it’s directed by Douglas Sirk and photographed in colour by Russell Metty (maybe the greatest cameraman to use the process back then). I never thought I’d find a copy in anaglyph 3D… but then I did! And it was worth it.

“You remember, it was a time of a certain technical revolution, the wide screen, etc. Ultimately, the exhibitors didn’t like it, so it was scrapped. But it was no help to me.” ~ from Sirk on Sirk, Conversations with Jom Halliday.

Despite Sirk’s professed lack of enthusiasm, he stuffs every frame with dimensional interest, achieving numerous subtly impressive effects, always decorating the Utah landscape with foreground action, and taking care to use scenery which offers different plains of interest, from distant buttes to looming branches. As in IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, the best effects are achieved with scenery sloping up or down into the distance. I could hardly be bothered following the story, I was so entranced by the embracing diorama.

Watch out for that rock, Rock!

Of course, there are more vulgar pleasures. Somebody obviously thought having Rock Hudson topless for half a movie was a fabulous idea, and I’m not going to say they were wrong. Stuff gets thrown at the camera, but not too frequently. Generally, the best thing about the process is the you-are-thereness it imparts to the traditional John Ford environment.