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The Spirit Of St. Louis

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by BrettB, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

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    I caught this movie on TCM last night and I'm curious about something. During pans there was a kind of "fish bowl" effect in the center of the frame. Surely it's not supposed to look like that. I know some of you who are knowledgable about film processes can explain this.
    Always curious, yearning for knowledge. [​IMG]
     
  2. Peter Apruzzese

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    This was Cinemascope film from 1957. Some of the lenses - especially wide-angle ones - from that era introduced distortion that would cause the "fish bowl" effect you described. These early 'scope films were designed to be shown on a slightly curved screen, which would lessen the distortion in theaters.
     

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