- article: Out of the Screen and Into the Theater: 3-D Film as Demo
- author(s): Philip Sandifer
- journal: Cinema Journal (2011)
- issue: volume 50, issue 3, pages 62-78
- journal ISSN: 1527-2087
- publisher: University of Texas Press
- keywords: 3-D film, 3-D films, Alfred Hitchcock, Analysis, Competition, Criticism and interpretation, David Bordwell, Dial M for Murder (1954), Dramatic arts, Film, Film criticism, Film genres, Film studies, Forecasts and trends, Frederick Knott, Grace Kelly, John Belton, Motion pictures, Production and direction, Study and teaching, Tom Gunning, Universal Studios, Vincent Price, Warner Bros.
The technology of 3-D film is perennially hyped, yet it has been largely overlooked in Film Studies. This essay argues that 3-D film violates the essential metaphor of film, and that this limits it to brief periods of success as a spectacle, as opposed to being used for more serious narrative purposes.