Did a lecture at school on composition and cinematography using the widescreen aspect ratios.
Went reasonably well, was pretty cursory, actually: I kinda breezed over a nuber of aspects. Fun getting the research together.
here's some stills I used as slides.
God, these films are great. representative aof a time when, for all it's faults, Hollywood did some good things. Certainly most of these films reflect the America of the time, when upper class white guys dictated everything and the movies made from bible stories were the conservative church going white guy versions of those stories. Along with some fanciful costume and set design. But the intent was to educate and say that al men are equal. The men who did this work, while stroking their egos, (after all, al artists have egos), were bringing something from their upbringing and culture and that great egalitarian experiment that made up post war America. They'd just been through a lot and were trying to pay it forward. At least they tried.