The New York Times: “Taking the Long View of Cinerama,” by Dave Kehr. 21 September 2012.

There is no director’s credit on “This Is Cinerama,” but if the project has an auteur, it is most likely Merian C. Cooper, the film’s credited co-producer (with Robert L. Bendick), whose long and fascinating career edged from serious documentaries (“Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life,” 1925) into the technological innovation and unbridled showmanship of “King Kong” (1933). Cooper brought several of his “Kong” associates, including his co-director, Ernest B. Schoedsack, the composer Max Steiner (uncredited because of legal reasons) and the scenic artist Mario Larrinaga, along for the Cinerama ride.

The New York Times: “Taking the Long View of Cinerama,” by Dave Kehr. 21 September 2012.

There is no director’s credit on “This Is Cinerama,” but if the project has an auteur, it is most likely Merian C. Cooper, the film’s credited co-producer (with Robert L. Bendick), whose long and fascinating career edged from serious documentaries (“Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life,” 1925) into the technological innovation and unbridled showmanship of “King Kong” (1933). Cooper brought several of his “Kong” associates, including his co-director, Ernest B. Schoedsack, the composer Max Steiner (uncredited because of legal reasons) and the scenic artist Mario Larrinaga, along for the Cinerama ride.

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