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HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE in Cinemascope's first Technicolor offering, The Robe. Although the horse at left spreads 25 feet across the screen, your eyes will be drawn to Marcellus and the centurion, at center, through subtle lighting and boosted output of loudspeaker directly above them.

slipped into mount on standard
35mm camera.   Cinemascope
sets must be flooded with intense
light to compensate for stopped-
down lens opening which brings
all parts of the huge picture area
into sharp focus

Trick lens condenses huge Hollywood sets, then stretches
the picture out again-across gigantic 80-foot screen.

CONVENTIONAL MOTION PICTURE LENS records what it sees without distortion, but its three-units-high by four-units-wide proportions limit the field of vision.

DUPLICATING HUMAN VISION, Cinemascope's anamorphic lens takes in an area one unit high by three units wide, then compacts it on standard-width film.

By Andrew R. Boone

IN A multimillion-dollar bid to woo you and the missis back to the Lyceum, Twentieth Century-Fox is blowing the dust off a 16-year-old camera lens that turns out the 'world's zaniest pictures. Point this oddly shaped glass assembly at Burl Ives strumming a guitar

in the shade of an old oak tree, and he comes out looking like Frank Sinatra tooting an oboe under a grapevine.
And that's only half of it. To its right and left this anamorphic lens has scanned twice as much scenery as a conventional camera lens, and squeezed it all on a single, standard width film.
Run this through a projector equipped

Popular Science, August, 1953
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