PAUSE IT: What do you see? In the lighthearted teen comedy Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), director William Asher makes perfect use of anamorphic aspect ratio. Notice how actress Annette Funicello, hoisted up by co-star Frankie Avalon, is horizontally positioned. By framing her literally from head to toe, the resulting shot is made even more dynamic. With active foreground, mid ground, and background, the viewer is drawn in, overwhelmed with the feeling that they too are right in the middle of things. It’s a totally happening beach party and everyone’s invited. Surf’s up!

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Director: William Asher
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Don Rickles, and Buster Keaton
Available on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films.

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