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Illustration for article titled Hey, you know who else liked 3-D movies? Nazis

The fascistic insistence that every modern film be rendered in 3-D, perhaps not surprisingly, has origins in the Third Reich, who became enamored with making what they called “raum film” (or space film) when they weren’t busy killing Jews. Phillipe Mora, the esteemed director of Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, whose fascination with Nazi home movies began with his 1973 documentary Swastika, recently discovered two 30-minute, 3-D black-and-white films created by Joseph Goebbels' propaganda ministry in 1936—nearly two decades before the 3-D trend took hold in Hollywood. According to Mora, the movies were made using a primitive process of using a prism in front of two lenses, although he says “the quality is fantastic.” One film is reportedly called “Six Girls Roll Into Weekend,” and features frolicking starlets from Germany’s Universum Film AG; the other, a carnival-set musical called “So Real You Can Touch It,” features “close-up shots of bratwurst sizzling on a barbecue.” Both will be included in Mora’s upcoming documentary How The Third Reich Was Recorded, though the latter seems destined for its own remake as Nazi Sausage. Or S.S.ausage. Probably Nazi Sausage.


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