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#1 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:50 AM

Watched it again tonight, it had been a while. But just a few questions I wanted to put out there. During this viewing I noticed a couple of things.

1. There were a couple of shots at the "Bookie's Hang Out" where a tweeny rigged to the cieling was in clear sight. With perhaps a sheet of paper or something just to block the flare from the light itself. Here's a still, tell me what you think:
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another shot of that board/paper in the same spot, for continuity purposes I assume:
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2. Also, there were a couple more shots of this practical lamp. I don't know if it was a style of the time to hang sheets of paper from them...you tell me. It seems like a deliberate choice just to do so just to remove the distraction of a halated bulb in the frame.
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3. One more where we can clear see the studio light. I can't quite make out what it is, but it seemed like a bare bulb with some wrap or diffusion was put there in hopes of hiding the studio light that was placed just behind it. We see the actor walking, he stops just behind that bulb, bu it's a quality of light that I don't think is coming from a photoflood with diffusion between it and him:
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4. This is just my favorite shot of the entire film, I had to say:
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5. And Norma Jean:
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Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 03 February 2008 - 04:53 AM.

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#2 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 03:08 PM

2. Also, there were a couple more shots of this practical lamp. I don't know if it was a style of the time to hang sheets of paper from them...you tell me. It seems like a deliberate choice just to do so just to remove the distraction of a halated bulb in the frame.
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My mother used to put sheets over lamps on end tables to dim and diffusion them.

I wouldn't doubt that others might have done similar things.
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#3 John Holland

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:58 PM

What year was it made ? late 50's . I think it was shot full aperture 1.33 and shown 1.85 so most of those lights would have not appeared on the cinema screen .
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 07:37 PM

What year was it made ? late 50's . I think it was shot full aperture 1.33 and shown 1.85 so most of those lights would have not appeared on the cinema screen .


Not back in those days I don't think. Everything was projected full frame at 1.37:1 (4:3 basically) before the advent of 1.85:1, 1.77:1, etc, etc etc...

And that would be "Full Frame" not "full aperture" :)
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#5 Marc Alucard

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 09:59 PM

Not back in those days I don't think. Everything was projected full frame at 1.37:1 (4:3 basically) before the advent of 1.85:1, 1.77:1, etc, etc etc...

And that would be "Full Frame" not "full aperture" :)



"The Asphalt Jungle" was released in 1950, a is 1.37:1.

I always noticed the visible lights. Even when they use a practical without any gimmicks it is always too close to the actors. The Flo's over the lunch counter with the cat, is a good example.
Sterling Hayden and James Whitmore (Dix and Gus) are getting hit by light coming from every direction.

Truly a great Film. I am a big Noir fan and this is one of the best.

Have you seen "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger?
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#6 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:12 AM

Have you seen "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger?


Love "Laura" :)
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