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3D films are the latest thing. But I think they remove one of the most pleasurable aspects of cinema—using your brain

By Mark Cousins   October 2009

Above: would Pixar’s new film Up be better in two dimensions?

There are an estimated 6,000 digital 3D movie screens around the world. These screens are selling more than twice as many tickets than comparable sized 2D screens showing similar films, despite tickets for 3D films being about a third more expensive. The most commercially successful men in Hollywood—DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and directors James Cameron and Steven Spielberg—are on board. Katzenberg calls 3D “the next great frontier.” Cameron says it’s “heading beyond movies.” David Puttnam, one of cinema’s most important thinkers, looked into his crystal ball at the…

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