Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

Harper Cossar

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Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126517
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135618 | DOI:
Experiments, 1968, and the Fractured Screen

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This chapter is an analysis of non-normative filmic uses of the wide frame. These examples focus on ruptures foregrounded as subject. Ruptures occur in wide films when the unique attributes of the wide frame are exploited, and such ruptures may be physical, stylistic, or both. For example, The Boston Strangler, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Timecode (2000) all use a multiple-screen aesthetic to distribute different narrative lines and to present a variety of vantage points for the spectator. In this way, the classical Hollywood cinema technique of coverage functions not to give the editor a choice in postproduction but to give the viewer a choice of which visual narrative to follow. This technique of multiframing is used as a rupture in both The Boston Strangler and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Keywords: Hollywood; widescreen; physical ruptures; The Boston Stangler; The Thomas Crown Affair; multiframing

Chapter.  10909 words. 

Subjects: Film

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