On The Waterfront: Why in widescreen?

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  1. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

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    Last night, Turner Classic Movies aired a 1.85:1 version of On The Waterfront.

    Is there a reason to why a matted version of the film was created?
     
  2. Richard Kim

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    Well the film came out in 1954, when widescreen was new to theaters, so I would imagine that On The Waterfront was formatted for both the Academy ratio and a matted ratio.
     
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    I played it theatrically last year and the original leaders were clearly marked "1.85 projection".
     
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    Unmatted, there is a lot of headroom on this film. I would guess that 1.66 is the minimum correct ratio.
     
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    I asked the professor about it too during a film class at UCLA. He basically gave me the same response. We saw it at 1.85: 1.
     
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    From Here to Eternity is another example of a film from this period that has been matted/unmatted. I wonder which ratio TCM uses for it?
     

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