95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#101 Post by AnamorphicWidescreen » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:33 pm

jonah.77 wrote:I would be cautious in drawing conclusions about historical social norms from a film, particularly one made in a genre that has its own conventions of fairly long standing.
I stand by my statement that the relationship between a younger man & older woman - especially with different social standings - was considered taboo - in the small-town, close-minded, upper-class 1950's microcosm as presented in the film. That being said, I completely understand that this was not indicative (nor was it supposed to be indicative) of the attitudes of the world at large in the 1950's, i.e. Paris, NYC, other areas, etc.

Re: the ending, I got the strong impression
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that Ron's will to live (after his almost fatal accident) was positively affected by Cary's love - just my interpretation, of course....

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#102 Post by whaleallright » Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:53 am

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#103 Post by Norbie » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:14 am

Why the weird aspect ration of 1.75, and not the normal 1.78, 1.66, or 1.85?

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#104 Post by tenia » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:52 am

1.75 actually was a thing, back in those days. For instance, see A Hard Day's Night.

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#105 Post by djproject » Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:42 am

Remember in the fifties, you had a variety of options for the soft widescreen (matting top and bottom portions of a projected 35mm film) due to theatre sizes. I also remember seeing that 1.75:1 was common for British theatres (which I know doesn't quite explain why it was chosen for this title).

(Speaking of aspect ratios, my theory for why Europeans tended to go for 1.66:1 ... if it was the supposedly the widest you can project in a pre-existing theatre, then it was a reason to go wide and still keep the old theatre houses and therefore not renovate them.)

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#106 Post by EddieLarkin » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:59 am

Just about every ratio under the sun was tried out between 1953 and 1955, so 1.75:1 isn't unusual, but for this film there is historical documentation suggesting 1.85:1 as the intended AR. When asked why Criterion had gone 1.75:1 instead I believe they said they felt it was best following "an examination of the materials".

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#107 Post by djproject » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:32 am

EddieLarkin wrote:Just about every ratio under the sun was tried out between 1953 and 1955, so 1.75:1 isn't unusual, but for this film there is historical documentation suggesting 1.85:1 as the intended AR. When asked why Criterion had gone 1.75:1 instead I believe they said they felt it was best following "an examination of the materials".
If it was a "shoot and protect" situation, I could imagine the 1.75:1 is a nice in between among the widescreen aspect ratios (1.33:1 was never an option for this one).

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Re: 95-96 All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind

#108 Post by Fred Holywell » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:44 pm

Probably because it was a compromise between 1.66 and 1.85, 1.75 was popular in Hollywood for a while -- notably at Disney and MGM (MGM called it Metroscope). Not sure if Universal used it as a rule. I thought they were more inclined to go with 1.85 or 2:1.

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