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  • As somebody once said (the quote has been attributed to many people, including Fritz Lang), the only thing CinemaScope is really good for is photographing funerals and snakes.

    The 'Scope Trial

  • It used to be that if you wanted to see a widescreen version of a movie made in CinemaScope or Panavision (the 2.35 aspect ratio, almost twice as wide as the screen used for pre-1953 movies) and you didn't have a laserdisc player, you had to hope for a widescreen VHS to be released, and there weren't many of those.

    The 'Scope Trial

  • Film Forum's series, which starts a two-week run on Friday, also includes "Moonfleet" (1955), a swashbuckler shot in CinemaScope — which Mr. Lang famously said was good only for snakes and funerals — as well as flawed, haunting tales that deserve another look, such as "Secret Beyond the Door" (1948) and "The Blue Gardenia" (1953).

    Fritz Lang's Western Union

  • Many big-budget movies today are shot in the 2.35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio, which means that black bars appear above and below the image when viewed on standard 16:9 HDTV.

    CES 2011: Vizio launches 21:9 ultra-widescreen 3D HDTVs

  • The early wide-screen technologies, like CinemaScope and Cinerama, used huge screens to immerse the audience, and even with today's smaller multiplex screens, I can recover something like that sense of being snugly wrapped in the movie's world.

    The Fans in the Front Row

  • The CinemaScope "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" 1958 found Sirk home in his native Germany for the first time since 1937, shooting an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque 's novel.

    Cinema's Warm Embrace

  • Also on the bill: "The Tarnished Angels," with more glorious CinemaScope, daredevil stunt flyers and Rock Hudson.

    Cinema's Warm Embrace

  • One standout is John Sturges's "Bad Day at Black Rock" 1955, an eerily beautiful, noirish tale set in 1945, with striking CinemaScope compositions.

    Hollywood's Heroic Villain

  • A 7,000 square-foot Hollywood Hills home with a living room dominated by a CinemaScope theater — complete with a JBL Synthesis system and 7.1 Sonance architectural speaker layout — a dedicated game room with a three-screen race car simulator, shimmering outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, extensive electronic home controls and plenty of mood lighting and animal print rugs and throw pillows. [via freshome] [...]

    3602 Apollo Bachelor Pad in Salt Lake City

  • VistaVision was also modern in that it could be exhibited in any widescreen ratio from 1:66 to 1 the preferred ratio to 2:1—very close to the way most neighborhood theaters showed CinemaScope, which had started the whole widescreen revolution in 1952 and 1953.

    Empire of Dreams


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