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Old 02-13-03, 09:11 AM
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Films using multi-aspect ratios/split screen

I know that Peter Greenaway has used multi-aspect ratios for Prospero's Books and The Pillow Book. For Brainstorm the screen alternates between 35 and 65mm. Has there been any other films that use this technique?

In terms of multi-angle/split screen, Mike Figgis has done this for "Timecode", briefly in "Miss Julie". In the British film AKA the screen is split in triptych. What other films are presented in this fashion?
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Old 02-13-03, 09:57 AM
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I've never seen it, but didn't Sliding Doors use a split screen?
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Old 02-13-03, 10:04 AM
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The Andromeda Strain is the best example os split screen that comes to mind.
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Old 02-13-03, 10:16 AM
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I probably should remember this with greater clarity since I just saw the movie a couple of weeks ago, but didn't City of God make some use of split-screen?
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Originally posted by flixtime
I probably should remember this with greater clarity since I just saw the movie a couple of weeks ago, but didn't City of God make some use of split-screen?
jeez, I should remember too, but I can't. Everything about the movie moved quite quickly.
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Old 02-13-03, 10:28 AM
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Split screen has been making a bit of a come back. The Grifters uses it well. And from back in the day, there's theBoston Strangler. I watched something recently that used split screen to show a character’s actions from different perspectives—it was quite effective, but unfortunately I cannot recall the title at the moment.

Dr. Strangelove is presented in different aspect ratios, as is Able Gance’s Napoleon.
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Old 02-13-03, 11:09 AM
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For virtuoso split screen use, check out Charlie.

Edit: I can't find any info on IMDB about this movie... it's the one about the guy who was retarded and there's a medical breakthrough that allows him to become smarter, but only for a short time...

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Sisters, by Brian De Palma, I thought made really good use of split screen for tension and suspense.
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Narc, the screen splits into 4 at one point.

Dr. Strangelove uses multiple aspect ratios.
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Old 02-13-03, 11:28 AM
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Multi Aspect Ratios: the Horse Whisperer starts in 1.85 and changes to 2.35 when they get to Montanna(at least in the theater it did)

Split Screen: Most Brian De Palma films use split screen
Requirm for a Dream
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Grande Prix splits into 48 frames I believe
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Originally posted by rabbit77
For virtuoso split screen use, check out Charlie.

Edit: I can't find any info on IMDB about this movie... it's the one about the guy who was retarded and there's a medical breakthrough that allows him to become smarter, but only for a short time...
That's because it's

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Some De Palma films including Dressed to Kill.
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Originally posted by quashmonger
Sisters, by Brian De Palma, I thought made really good use of split screen for tension and suspense.
Great example. That and DePalma's Dressed to Kill both build up suspense by the use of split-screen.
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Originally posted by movielib
That's because it's

Charly
Thanks, it's been years and years since I saw it and I knew there was something wrong I couldn't put my finger on.
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Wow. DePalma sure does own the split screen category. Add Femme Fatale to his list.
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...it's quartered screen though.
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Narc, the screen splits into 4 at one point.
This scene, in addition to the ridiculously tense opening scene, cemented the fact that the director of Narc has a damned fine head on his shoulders.

I heard that The Rules of Attraction used split-screen quite effectively, also. I have not, however, seen the latter picture.

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Austin Powers 1 used it at the begining.
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"Galaxy Quest" used multiple aspect ratios. It started in 1.85:1 and switched to 2.35:1 whaen Tim Allen realized he really was in outer space.
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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
"Galaxy Quest" used multiple aspect ratios. It started in 1.85:1 and switched to 2.35:1 whaen Tim Allen realized he really was in outer space.
It did?
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Pillow Talk used split screen for the party-line phone conversations.
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Originally posted by Tscott
Pillow Talk used split screen for the party-line phone conversations.
That reminds me of another one-When Harry Met Sally.

Does Fantasia 2000 count? "The Sorceror's Apprentice" is 1.37:1 while the rest of the movie is 1.85:1.
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