“Compressed Film” Takes Wide Picture (Jan, 1932)

“Compressed Film” Takes Wide Picture

The view above, of the Tower of London, was taken in its natural proportions with a wide-angle lens. At the left, the same scene is shown, compressed into an ordinary motion-picture “frame” by a new process.

The picture above was photographed through a lens of special curvature, compressing the image 40 per cent, in width. When projected, with another special lens, it fills a wide motion-picture screen. Right, Trafalgar Square, London.

The “compressed pictures” above are the result of an English invention, to permit projection on a wide screen from ordinary 35-mm. standard motion-picture film. The only new element in the “Fulvue” system is in the cut of the camera’s and projector’s lenses. A screen 15 feet high and 40 feet wide is thus filled with an image of normal appearance. Similarly, a high object may be compressed on an ordinary film, and expanded in projection.

  1. GaryM says: December 6, 201010:31 am

    “Image compression” in 1932! 🙂

  2. John Savard says: December 6, 20101:24 pm

    Actually, more like CinemaScope in 1932. And, indeed, one of the earliest widescreen movies, “The Bat Whispers”, was released in 1930, as is noted at the Widescreen Museum:


  3. Jason says: December 6, 20103:18 pm

    Anamorphic. Still in use today. And a video version is used for widescreen enhanced DVDs.

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