The goal of this project was twofold: to expand the widescreen literature in useful ways, and to address and enumerate specific aesthetic differences between widescreen and Academy ratio texts. By focusing on the intersection of aesthetics, auteur, and genre, this project broadens the widescreen literature beyond lens characteristics, film gauge issues, exhibition strategies, and other such foci. Issues of technological development are useful and important, but with widescreen in particular, scholars sometimes overlook the screen image in pursuit of industrial and economic aspects of this innovation. By squarely focusing on the aesthetic attributes of closeups, landscapes, camera angles, and movement in specific films throughout widescreen's various histories, this project details how widescreen differs from Academy ratio strategies.
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