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LetterboxedThe Evolution of Widescreen Cinema$
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Harper Cossar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126517

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.001.0001

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Emerging Stylistic Norms in CinemaScope

Emerging Stylistic Norms in CinemaScope

Genre and Authorship in the Films of Otto Preminger, Nicholas Ray, Frank Tashlin, and Douglas Sirk

(p.95) Chapter 3 Emerging Stylistic Norms in CinemaScope

Harper Cossar

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the auteurist films of the 1950s and determines what norms emerged in light of the new aesthetic challenges that widescreen presented. The 20th Century Fox debuted CinemaScope in 1953, and a new era of filmmaking and exhibition practices was born. The focus here was on adaptive aesthetics within film style. The chapter examines four influential auteurs—Preminger, Ray, Tashlin, and Sirk—and how they experiment with widescreen aesthetics in terms of close-ups, landscapes, camera angles, and movement. It discusses the use of such mechanics in opening sequences, interior conversation setups, outdoor vistas, and with complex camera movements.

Keywords:   Academy ratio, widescreen aesthetics, 20th Century Fox, camera angles, opening sequences, interior conversation setups

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