How the West Was Won (1962)

The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.


This was beautiful on my 55" HD TV at home. I can only imagine how spectacular it looks on a Cinerama screen. Granted, there were very few close-ups and the sides of the picture seemed to "fish-eye" somewhat. But when used with the right equipment, I think it was an experiment worth trying.

7 years ago


It takes a bit of time to get used to the Cinerama aspect but once you do it morphs into a beautifully shot film. The extreme wide angle gives an amazing sense of environment so it's very easy to fall into what you see. Even though it may suffer from the lack of close ups I think it works because the environment on screen is just as important as the characters inhabiting it. This is a story of the characters but also of the untamed west in all its majesty and beauty.

4 years ago


Cinerama was so expansive, it couldn't really be configured for close-ups. The nearest it could manage was to place a key actor in the central frame and try to get in as close as possible. This proved to be very intimidating for a lot of actors as the camera (an enormous piece of apparatus under a black hood with 3 lenses) would be literally in their face - 18 inches away, to be precise.

8 years ago

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