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Cinerama Adventure (2002)

A nostalgic and compelling look into the legendary three camera, three projector process that revolutionized motion pictures and led the industry into the widescreen era. Through actual ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lowell Thomas ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred Waller Fred Waller ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Morrison Jim Morrison ... Himself, Cinerama crew member
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself, film historian
Jane MacLardy Schacht Jane MacLardy Schacht ... Herself, production secretary
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Himself, film historian
Michael Todd Jr. Michael Todd Jr. ... Himself, Cinerama crew member (as Mike Todd Jr.)
A.C. Lyles ... Himself, film producer
Leonard Maltin ... Himself, film historian
Howard Rust Howard Rust ... Himself, International Cinerama Society
Greg Kimble Greg Kimble ... Himself, Cinerama historian
John Caron John Caron ... Himself, Fred Waller's stepson
Thomas Erffmeyer Thomas Erffmeyer ... Himself, author of 'History of Cinerama'
Florence Hill Florence Hill ... Herself (in 'A Bundle of Blues') (archive footage)
Bessie Dudley Bessie Dudley ... Herself (in 'A Bundle of Blues') (archive footage)
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A nostalgic and compelling look into the legendary three camera, three projector process that revolutionized motion pictures and led the industry into the widescreen era. Through actual Cinerama clips, rare behind the scenes footage and new interviews, CINERAMA ADVENTURE takes the viewer back to a lost era of movie showmanship, placing this American cinema phenomenon into historical perspective. Written by TJ Edwards

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The dramatic behind the scenes story about the wonder hunting pioneers of the widescreen phenomenon that thrilled a generation See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventura en Cinerama See more »

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(NTSC DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary is featured on the Three-Disc Special Edition, Ultimate Collector's Edition & Blu-Ray DVDs for How the West Was Won (1962), all released in September 2008. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: Many of us experience childhood memories, that on occasion, rush into our consciousness. A memory that has invaded my mind on numerous occasions was when I was only six years old, and my parents took me and my sister on a special trip to St. Louis, Missouri. On the last day of this visit, we arrived at a very large ornate old movie theatre. It was as if we'd walked into a sultan's palace out of the "Arabian Nights." It was the Ambassador Theatre, and it was specially set up for a ...
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Alternate Versions

An apparently slightly expanded version, running just under 97 minutes, was re-released in September 2008 as a bonus feature on the three disc release of "How the West Was Won" (1962). See more »

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Features King Kong (1933) See more »

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Grading on a curve: A.
18 October 2003 | by itsonlymikeySee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to enjoy 3-strip Cinerama during the original release of "How the West Was Won" in Atlanta, GA and in recent years in Dayton, OH and Los Angeles. CA. I'm also a career projectionist with an affection for widescreen and esoteric processes.

Although I had previously seen rough cut segments of "Cinerama Adventure," I was not prepared for the final version. I found it informative, innovative, and surprisingly exciting. It's a story of people with a dream, some willing to risk life and limb to overcome obstacles, ironically making this picture's connection to "How the West Was Won" doubly significant.

While the Cinerama format information, clips, and witnesses interviews will certainly be of interest to fans of the large screen spectacles and the uninitiated, "Cinerama Adventure" is ultimately an encapsulation of the drive of filmmakers everywhere, a love letter to their devotion and desire to make bigger and better movies.


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