Is the 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio making a comeback?

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    I certainly hope not. Going back to the old projection ratios would be quite a turn off. If they think that by going retro, there may be some success due to massive publicity, but don't see it lasting long..
    There may be a small group of artsy, elitist types who would enjoy it, but doubtful enough to make much of a profit and keep on producing films in that style.
    What's next, blurry black and white films with scratches, missing frames and choppy soundtracks so we can remember the old days? Doubtful.
     
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    Next thing you know, they'll be making silent films again.
     
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    Except for the black and white, 2007's "Grindhouse" did exactly that. But, yes, it was a box office failure, so it's pretty much certain that's the last we'll see of that experiment.
     
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    Actually, emulating film-styles of the past is not unheard of. While The Artist is the most recent example, others include Far From Heaven (replicating the 1950s), The Good German (replicating 1940s Black & White), Down with Love (replicating 1960s CinemaScope, complete with rear-projection driving), and don't forget Super 8 which emulates the look and style of an 80s film.
     
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    Respectfully, I completely disagree with this point of view. It's only a turn-off to the black bar haters. Filmmakers have a variety of aspect ratios to choose from when beginning to shoot a film. One film may warrant a panoramic 2.4:1 and another may look better in a more confined 1.66:1. There is no reason 1.33:1 should be verboten to modern filmmakers. It was a valid ratio for half a century and can still be valid today. The only people who might not like it are those who feel that all new movies should be standardized to one aspect ratio - 16:9 to match the current TV standard.
     
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    And here's the latest brand-new movie shot and presented in 1.33:1! http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_58/tabu_blu-ray.htm
     
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    "Amazon Women on the Moon" did essentially the same thing in the 80's, emulating a bad print as shown on late night tv. There are several grindhouse style fanedits of other movies floating around.
     
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    Call of Cthulhu was a DVD-only release a couple of years ago that was black & white, 1.33:1 and silent (with a music score) for a period feel. The DVD offers the option of listening to a clean soundtrack or one with faked scratches and pops. :) HTF covered the release *brilliantly* here: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/229750/htf-review-the-call-of-cthulhu ;)
     
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    Also attempting retro in the 70's was New York, New York. Scorsese originally wanted to shoot it in 1.37 technicolor and then he found out that no 3-strip cameras were available to shoot with so he went with 1.66 eastman color.
     
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    Just to keep this thread up to date, here is the sixth recent release shot in 1.33:1
    Blancanieves
    Are there any others that I have missed?
     
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    Can current digital movie cameras actually shoot in 1.33:1? Or does the image have to be cropped at the sides in post?
     
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    I have no idea what professional cameras are capable of, but these new movies are all presented pillar-boxed in theaters.
     
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    Wes Andersons new film The Grand Budapest Hotel is shot in 4 x 3, he's been nominated for 3 oscars and a palme d'Or. Andrea Arnolds Fish Tank won the BAFTA and the Jury prize at Cannes and The Artist won 5 Oscars. I don't think its just a nostalgic fad (although maybe with The Artist) its a stylistic choice. The box like format forces the viewer to intimately focus on a small area rather than a large landscape. I'm surprised more directors are not playing around with the possibilities of different aspect ratios (photographers do all the time), instead most tend to go with the latest trend which doesn't always fit well with their films intention.
     
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    Bumping this thread with the latest new movie shot in 1.33:1 and subsequently also in black & white.

    Ida (2014) which was last year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
     
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    So far this 1.33 revival appears to be driven entirely by period pieces. Everything else is good ol' 2.35.
     

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