Join us as the Dryden celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the birth of widescreen cinema. As a direct reaction to the growth of the small-screen TV in the home, Twentieth Century-Fox’s CinemaScope process expanded the scale of cinema, increasing the size and width of the screen exponentially and adding new crisper multi-channel sound. Utilizing a mix of existing and new technologies, the larger, more immersive viewing experience gave filmmakers new opportunities to experiment. From Hollywood epics to intimate dramas, CinemaScope was used across all genres and types of films. Equally adept for western vistas, low-key comedies, and energetic dance choreography, the ’Scope frame soon found its place within the industry and is still in use today. This selection of four early works shot in CinemaScope are prime examples of the innovation and adaptation the process inspired.
Programmed in conjunction with Bigger Than Life: CinemaScope at 60, on view in the museum’s Annex Gallery from November 2, 2013, through January 12, 2014.
Wednesday, November 13, 8 p.m.
How to Marry a Millionaire
(Jean Negulesco, US 1953, 95 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, November 20, 8 p.m.
(Edward Dmytryk, US 1959, 122 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
(Stanley Donen, US 1954, 102 min., 35mm)
Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(Richard Fleischer, US 1954, 127 min., 35mm)