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JOHN WAYNE, WILLIAM FOX: Grandeur and "The Big Trail"

WIDESCREEN MOVIES AND THE BIRTH OF JOHN WAYNE.

This is a look at an early 70 mm widescreen process developed by the Fox Film Company in 1929 which led to the motion picture "The Big Trail".

Arguably the most widely known early large format motion picture is French director Abel Gance 1927 biography "Napoleon". Although this silent motion picture was shot mainly in 35 mm. The climatic battle sequence in this 330 minute picture was shot in a process that looks closer to "Cinerama" than modern"Widescreen", Gance called his process "Polyvision". He used three cameras to film a sequence, or combination of sequences that three projectors would in turn project onto a large screen after editing. The aspect aspect ratio of this process was 4 to 1.



Widescreen was not a new idea even in 1927 France. The first motion picture in a widescreen process was actually of the James J, Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons boxing match. The documentary was released …