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In 1894 France, a Jewish officer in the French Army is falsely accused of spying for Germany.
The film was not actually shot in widescreen. It was converted to CinemaScope in the final print after having been shot in standard Academy ratio, much like some films which are "matted" after having been shot in Academy ratio. The process used was contemporary of Superscope and a forerunner of Super 35. It was filmed using spherical lenses at an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. In the printing process, the images were cropped to a height of 2 perforations giving them an aspect ratio of 2.36:1. The images were then stretched vertically to a height of 4 perforations, at which point they conformed to the standard CinemaScope-2 format.
This Esterhazy is one of the most glorious liars that ever drew breath. Why, the authority of it, the poise; the man's a genius!
[Scrolling Prologue] In 1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army officer, stood before a military tribunal accused of treason. The outcome of this trial, a trial that created an international sensation, is a brave chapter in the history of France, that nation which first proclaimed the Rights of Man.