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Third Reich 3D films discovered

The Local · 18 Feb 2011, 11:05

Published: 18 Feb 2011 11:05 GMT+01:00

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Director Philippe Mora, whose 1973 documentary “Swastika” showed colour home movies made by Hitler mistress Eva Braun, told the magazine that he found the two black-and-white movies from 1936 in Berlin’s Federal Archives.

The films were shot on 35 mm, according to Mora, with apparently a prism in front of two lenses to provide a stereoscopic effect.

“They were made by an independent studio for Goebbels' propaganda ministry and referred to as 'Raum film' - or space film - which may be why no one ever realised since that they were 3D,” he said.

One of the films, called “So Real You Can Touch It” features a close-up of sizzling bratwursts on a grill. The other, “Six Girls Roll Into Weekend,” features young women embarking on a country jaunt.

“The quality of the films is fantastic,” said Mora, who plans on incorporating material from the 3D films into a new documentary he is working on called “How the Third Reich Was Recorded.”

“The Nazis were obsessed with recording everything and every single image was controlled - it was all part of how they gained control of the country and its people," he told Variety.

But some German newspapers aren't quite as breathless about Mora’s find, calling it old news.

The Nazis actually played a negligible role in the “Nazi” 3D movies, wrote Die Welt daily, although the German 3D pioneer Fritz Boehner, who produced “So Real You Can Touch It,” did had close links to the Nazi Party.

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The first 3D film experiments in Germany did not begin at a Nazi party congress, but at the Dresden Garden Show of 1937, the paper wrote.

Later that year, “So Real You Can Touch It” premiered, although the already-mentioned sausages were not meant as taste-tempting Nazi propaganda, but rather as an advertisement for a life insurance company.

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Your comments about this article

13:17 February 18, 2011 by catjones
It's so important the Germans be FIRST in everything except humility.
21:31 February 18, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Nice find! Is the Propaganda film named "Avatar"
22:52 February 18, 2011 by A South African Lady
Don't be mean and jealous catjones. Give credit where it is due. You most probably come from the USA.. Where according to many of it's citizens everything is "First, Bigger and Better'
04:26 February 19, 2011 by Curmudgeon
Isn't it ironic that the film ¦quot;Iron Sky¦quot; is also a story. Apparently the Nazis were obsessed with everything. They were racists who hated everyone and everything that wasn't German. That is why the had pacts with Italy and Japan.

The reality is that German industry was light years ahead of the US, UK and most other countries when it came to photographic equipment and lenses in particular. In fact, they were ahead in most industries. If there was an obsession, it was manufacturing high quality goods.

Considering his family's history, I suggest that Mr. Mora has an agenda to continue the vilification of Germans.
04:26 February 19, 2011 by DOZ
Surprising that the Allies didn't take the Technology, while they were looting Germany of all it's Technical Experise.
14:44 February 19, 2011 by derExDeutsche
The Germans at the time that these films were made,

were the only ones with an EGO big enough, to insist that everything they do be preserved on celluloid. Remember, that the German Aryan race was the 'VERY BEST' in their estimation. so, just as a new parent will rush out and Buy an Expensive new Camera, so did the Nazi's. Its an Ego thing, just another mirror of the Aryans.
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