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The History of Aspect Ratio

In this 18-minute educational video by FilmmakerIQ, John Hess details the history of the cinematic aspect ratio, from 4:3 to 16:9, 1.85:1 to 2.39:1.

Here is a timeline of each aspect ratio as well as some notable films that utilized them.

Original Silent Film (1892) - 1.33:1

- Established by William Dickson and Thomas Edison Academy Ratio (1932) - 1.37:1

- All sound films from 1932 to 1955 were shot in Academy ratio Cinerama (1952) - 2.59:1

- This is Cinerama, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm CinemaScope (1953) - 2.35:1

- The Robe, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Seven Year Itch VistaVision (1954) - 1.85:1

- White Christmas, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest Todd-ao  (1955)  - 2.20:1

- Oklahoma!, Cleopatra, The Sound of Music MGM Camera 65 (1957) - 2.76:1

- Raintree County, Ben-Hur Ultra Panavision 70 (1957)  - 2.76:1

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