Francis Ford Coppola Debuted with a 3D Short when at School
When Francis Ford Coppola was a student at USC Film School he worked on a 18-minutes color 3D stereoscopic movie that was interpolated into an English-dubbed black-and-white German film released in the United States as "The Bellboy and the Playgirls".
Now, a two-minute excerpt of this stereoscopic oddity, featuring buxom Playboy model June Wilkinson, has debuted on Blu-ray 3D as part of a just-released collection called "3-D Rarities".
The Bellboy and the Playgirl
Originally filmed entirely in black-and-white, this German sex comedy centers on a bellhop who prepares for his dream job of becoming a detective by spying on half-naked chorines through a keyhole.
Producer Bob Furmanek says there is partial nudity in the 18-minute Coppola sequence, which falls into a genre called “nudie cuties’’ that flourished before hard-core porn arrived on American screens in the late 1960s. But the “3-D Rarities’’ excerpt, which features Kenney in drag, doesn’t get any more risqué than the stereoscopic camera plunging into Wilkinson’s impressive décolletage.
The compilation — executive produced by Greenbriar Picture Shows’ John McElwee and distributed on Blu-ray by Flicker Alley — features 3-D oddities going back to 1922. Included are a 1953 heavyweight bout between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott; stereoscopic footage of an atomic bomb test; promotional shorts shown at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City; several 3-D trailers for feature films; and animated shorts, including Casper the Friendly Ghost’s elaborate and beautifully restored “Boo Moon’’ (1954).
Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good.
To place an order, visit FlickerAlley ($ 34.95).