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Bwana Devil (1952) DVD

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Bwana Devil (1952)

Director:

Arch Oboler    

Writer:

Arch Oboler
 

Stars:

Robert StackBarbara BrittonNigel Bruce, Ramsay Hill, Paul McVey
 
Historically important as one of  the first 3-D feature film- the first was the 1922 film Power of Love- Bwana Devil is an otherwise amateurish film, redeemed somewhat by good performances and a reasonably interesting script (by director Arch Oboler). The thinnish story is built around some authentic African footage lensed by Oboler in 1948. Based on fact, the plot concerns two ferocious lions, whose man-eating propensities halted progress on the building of an East African railroad. Robert Stack, Nigel Bruce and Barbara Britton appear in the dramatized sequences, which look like they were filmed for an entirely different movie. The main attraction of Bwana Devil, then and now, is its gimmicky 3-D photography, replete with thrown spears and leaping lions assaulting the camera. Industry reaction to Bwana Devil resulted in the now-famous advertising blurb "What do you want? A good picture, or a lion in your lap?"
 
Based on the 1898 Tsavo Lion attacks that were also told in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996).  Arch Oboler traveled to Africa in 1948 to make audio recordings of native peoples. While in Africa, Oboler met William D. Snyder, a 16mm cameraman with his own industrial filmmaking company in Fargo, North Dakota. During their travels throughout Africa, Mr. Snyder shot the African footage that appears in Bwana Devil.
 
Region 0 (ALL), will play in any DVD player, English, 79 minutes, Anscocolor, United Artists, very good print.
 

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