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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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Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

(p.185) Chapter 4 Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

Harper Cossar

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter is an analysis of non-normative filmic uses of the wide frame. These examples focus on ruptures foregrounded as subject. Ruptures occur in wide films when the unique attributes of the wide frame are exploited, and such ruptures may be physical, stylistic, or both. For example, The Boston Strangler, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Timecode (2000) all use a multiple-screen aesthetic to distribute different narrative lines and to present a variety of vantage points for the spectator. In this way, the classical Hollywood cinema technique of coverage functions not to give the editor a choice in postproduction but to give the viewer a choice of which visual narrative to follow. This technique of multiframing is used as a rupture in both The Boston Strangler and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Keywords:   Hollywood, widescreen, physical ruptures, The Boston Stangler, The Thomas Crown Affair, multiframing

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