In Hollywood, use of 3D has often become a gimmicky cash cow, as movies shot in 2D get digitally converted to 3D in an effort to sell higher-priced tickets. Not what you would consider essential.

In Hollywood, use of 3D has often become a gimmicky cash cow, as movies shot in 2D get digitally converted to 3D in an effort to sell higher-priced tickets. Not what you would consider essential.

There are notable exceptions of talented filmmakers stretching themselves artistically to the extra dimension. These are the films celebrated in the Wexner Center’s upcoming Essential 3D series.

The series kicks off Thursday, March 5 with Werner Herzog’s contemplative 3D documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Over the next three weeks, the Wex will host some of the best in big-budget Hollywood 3D (Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”) as well as the best in art house 3D (Wim Wender’s “Pina,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language”). There’s even a rare chance to see Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder” in its original 3D.

These are all films that can only be truly experienced as they were intended. This 3D series is truly essential viewing.

Photo: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” Courtesy of IFC Films