Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999


'Mark Twain's America in 3D' debuts

by Deborah Stone

   Mark Twain's America in 3D, an IMAX 3D feature, recently opened in the Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater. The film is a look back at the 19th century through the eyes of one of America's most famous writers.

   Born in 1835, Twain lived during an exciting period of social, political, and technological change, and his life was greatly shaped by many of these developments. Mark Twain's America interweaves the life and times of Twain with the lives of present-day individuals who revel in the inventions and way of life of the 19th century. The film spans two centuries and details the author's exploits and adventures, including piloting a steamboat, joining the Confederate Army, and seeking his fortune in the silver mines out west.

   Known for the classic novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain's humorous writings developed from his observations of smalltown life in Hannibal, Missouri, as well as his travels around the world. Using Twain's own words, archival 3D photos, and historical reenactments, the film chronicles an incredible era of history as seen by an American icon.

   Stephen Low, the film's director, says the documentary allows the audience "to look into the eyes of their ancestors and wonder what they were like; these are not actors, and this is not fiction." Larger-than-life photos presented in 3D-format show how Twain lived and what he experienced.

   Mark Twain's America plays daily at the Pacific Science Center and will run through Fall 1999, with a specific end date to be determined. For more information, call 206-443-IMAX.