Does anyone know why film format (ie the ratio) is the way it is today? I am aware that a number of years ago, there were a couple of competing formats and in the end it was a compromise between the two.
But why did film initially go for such a wide landscape format. A visual art before this was painting and people had been using a rectangle somewhere in between a square and a double square. Ok there were exceptions (large altarpieces, ceiling frescos etc) but what was the initial attraction to the wide landscape format?