I've been watching Kurosawa a lot lately and one of the thing that commentaries have drawn my attention to is his use of the telephoto lens. Since the telephoto flattens the image (makes foreground and background appear closer together than they really are), it allows the filmmaker to place a great deal of information in the frame. An example would be the high angle shots showing the massive armies at the end of "Spartacus" which I'm pretty sure are telephoto. I've been trying to look for it's use in other films and I have to ask: what other visual traits besides the flattened image does the telephoto lens should I look for. Another, possibly dumb, question is do anamorphic lenses have telephoto capability or just spherical?