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Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Harper Cossar


When widescreen technology was introduced to filmmaking in 1953, it changed the visual framework and aesthetic qualities of cinema forever. Before widescreen, a director's vision for capturing beautiful landscapes or city skylines was limited by what could be included in the boxy confines of an Academy Ratio film frame. The introduction and subsequent evolution of widescreen technology has allowed directors to push the boundaries of filmmaking. This book explores the technological changes of the widescreen technique and how the format has inspired directors and also sparked debates among film ... More

Keywords: widescreen technology, filmmaking, cinema, film frame, Buster Keaton, D. W. Griffith, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813126517
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harper Cossar, author