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Leith on life: 3D is coming

Exploding helicopters and man-eating fish: 3D is threatening to take over our cinemas—but there’s no need to panic

By Sam Leith   February 2011

“Baz Luhrmann, I will punch you in the face so hard, I swear your great-grandchildren will still feel the pain.” That, apparently, is how one amateur film critic on Twitter greeted the news that Luhrmann’s forthcoming film of The Great Gatsby may be in 3D.

At the other end of the cultural scale, we learned almost simultaneously that a new cinematic release in the Lovers’ Guide sex-education series—Igniting Desire—is coming out in 3D. Visitors to an early screening report that nine minutes in, the audience finds itself ducking to avoid a 13-foot erection sproinging out of the screen at them.…

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