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U2 3D

Director: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Description

It goes without saying that U2 3D is not merely a concert film; it is a concert experience—and one that will leave you fumbling around on the ground for your jaw. An electrifying collage of South American stadium concerts during U2’s 2006 tour, U2 3D mobilizes digital 3-D and surround-sound technology to plunge us into almost supernatural proximity to the musicians. Whether it’s dropping into The Edge’s sonic orbit or passing over the crowd through a sculptural sea of outstretched arms, we’re no longer on the outside looking in, but on the inside looking in—a perspective shift whose novelty is at first delightfully odd, and then pure revelation. The sense of intimacy with the audience is uncanny, as if Bono has stepped right off the screen to spend a moment with us, his extended hand mere inches from our face. Featuring songs that have touched fans for years, from “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “One” to ”Beautiful Day” and “Vertigo,” U2 3D establishes a visceral bond that’s completely unprecedented in film.

U2 has always understood the power of multisensory engagement in conveying its message, in this case, coexistence, so it’s not surprising that the band would be inspired to explore the immersive possibilities of 3-D. Call them polarized or rosy, from behind these glasses, the world may indeed be a place of peace and hope.

— Caroline Libresco and John Nein

Screening Details

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