Mark Twain's America in 3D

on July 02, 1998 by Pat Kramer
   This documentary on the life and times of one of America's foremost authors, Mark Twain, uses an entirely different approach than most large format films. To immerse viewers in the world of yesteryear, writer/director Stephen Low ("Titanica") uses original black-and-white photographs of Twain and his family, enlarging them and digitally converting them into the 3-D format. The outcome of this effect is the creation of a surrealistic view of the past, taking viewers into the photographs of still, frozen life.
   Alternating between his portrayal of ghostly photographic images taken before and after the Civil War, the director cuts in modern-day color footage of parades and other tributes to the American icon. Unfortunately, this blending of past and present creates a schizophrenic film that doesn't flow well. Footage of a small-town parade proceeding through Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Mo., is a world away from the pace set by his romantic snapshots of the past. And while historians of Samuel L. Clemens (Twain's real name) may rejoice in seeing such an intricate presentation of his life, others will find the presentation of the subject matter tedious and boring, despite the dramatic large-screen format.    Narrated by Anne Bancroft. Written and directed by Stephen Low. Produced by James Lahti. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 51 min.
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