Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

Published Date: 1992
Harvard University Press, 1992
John Belton

Widescreen CinemaThe history of American widescreen cinema, like the history of American cinema itself, begins with notions of novelty. Indeed, the popular reception of the widescreen revolution looks back to attitudes surrounding the invention of the cinema; both were considered to be short-lived phenomena of minor cultural or aesthetic significance. A new technology designed primarily for short-term amusement, the cinema remained a novelty until its technology no longer supplied the greater part on its amusement value.

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