Lebanon’s First 3D Movie
It’s final here, Lebanon’s first 3D movie “My Last Valentine In Beirut 3D” was announced to be shown on November 15, 2012, “Director Salim El Turk’s latest offering holds the proud accolade of being the first feature length film in the Arab region to be produced entirely in 3D and marries cutting edge production techniques with a script tackling a heady host of social issues specific to Lebanese society” as TimeOutBeirut quoted. I mean it’s about time a 3D feature film emerged in the Arab region, since the first ever 3D film revealed was in 1922 called “The Power of Love” in Los Angeles, that means it took the Arabs 90 years to finally make one. Now I’m not saying that the Arabs are way far behind or making any accusations, but to be honest why does it take so long? Are we that lazy? Yes, we passed through many wars and conflicts since that time, but so did other countries and that doesn’t hold the Arab’s from creating something new or accomplishing something done in a different way. We are considered a 3rd world country, but we have everything needed to create new things or do the same things.
It took quite a while for a 3D film to be announced in Lebanon which is a Romantic/Comedy and talks about a true Lebanese story of a prostitute’s life, but was it good enough? From my point of view as a Filmmaker, no it was not that good. Now since it is the first, I can say “Bravo”. The script was very well-done and the acting was far beyond any acting I’ve seen in Lebanon. Now the problem was, that it looked as if it was a theater play, I don’t know if that was the director’s intentions, but I would have preferred to watch it live performance, than sitting in the cinema for 2 hours with very annoying 3D glasses and imperfect real 3D technology which made my eyes hurt. The camera was still the whole movie, each scene was about 10-15 minutes in the same position, as the actors do all their scene part in one still shot as they do on stage in a play. People go to the movies to watch something crazy or new or experience another world, another reality and especially the 3D world. Nobody wants to watch a theater play in 3D, I mean theater already looks real life 3D, why make it more annoying ? Even the characters in the film talk to the audience and a voice over character explains some situations. The other thing was sound, it was very “uncinematic” it sounded like a documentary and lacked the surround sound feeling, which made it look and sound more like a theater play.
I’m not saying all that to offend anyone or that I can do any better, but as a filmmaker and a cinema lover, I’m expressing my point of view and commenting about the first Lebanese 3D feature film and wanted to blog about it. Eventually we’ll get there and produce something awesome but, how long will it take ?