On the Waterfront - Aspect Ratio Visual Essay

In this video essay, Issa Clubb discusses the emergence of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio which prompted cinematographer Boris Kaufman to frame On the Waterfront for 1.33:1, 1.66:1 and 1.85:1, opening up a debate that exists to this day: which the “correct” aspect ratio for the film?


Aspect Ratio

Best Picture 1960's and Prior

Criterion Collection


Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront