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Term: Widescreen

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A film that has a width-to-height aspect ratio greater than the standard aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (i.e. 4:3). From the 1960s onwards, most films had a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and nowadays, most films have an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Widescreen film formats have specific visual characteristics that allow for a different use of space than the standard 1.33:1 format.

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