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The Robe

The Robe(1953)

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This film was made in both CinemaScope and "standard" (non-widescreen) versions for theatres not yet using widescreen projection. For many years,the standard screen version was the one usually shown on TV; therefore, no loss of image by "cropping" the picture's sides resulted, unlike all other CineamScope films which can only retain the full image (on the sides) by "letterboxing".

When The Robe was given its UK television network premiere on Good Friday, March 28th, 1975, the version used was the non-anamorphic standard screen version. All subsequent transmissions over the years since then have been of the CinemaScope version.

In the two versions of the film, different takes of Richard Burton's off-screen narration are used. In the widescreen version, he delivers the last line of the narration {referring to Caligula) as "He probably will not be pleased to see me", and in the other, "standard" version, he delivers it as "He probably will not be pleased to see ME".

The widescreen version carries the credit "Twentieth Century-Fox presents A Cinemascope Production" before the title actually appears onscreen. The standard version, sometimes now shown on American Movie Classics, simply says "Twentieth Century-Fox presents 'The Robe'".

There are 2 versions of this movie. The 'Cinemascope' 2.55:1 widescreen version and the 'Flat' 4:3 TV version. Each time a shot was completed for the widescreen version, the actors had to do another take for the flat version that showed more visual information on the top and bottom of the screen without losing visual information on the sides. The most jarring differences are the performances of Richard Burton (Marcellus) and Jay Robinson (Caligula) that is actually improved in the 'Flat' version. There is also the 'pan & scan' version on video that is not to be confused with the 'Flat' version. The Fox Movie Channel will sometimes air the 'Flat' version, this was the version that was broadcast on TV during the 60's and 70's before the advent of home video. (Do not include the following: I have the DVD of the widescreen and a VHS tape of the 'Flat' recorded from the Fox Movie Channel. This info is for verification & accuracy.

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