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#1 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 11:29 PM

Hey guys,

So I was just watching Magnolia and I noticed some flickering
near the end when Frank is confronting his dying father. It
really seemed to fit the mood, but I also felt like it might
have been a mistake. It's the lights in the background.

Anyone have a DVD to pop in and take a look? I wonder
what might have caused this intentionally or not.
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 02:57 AM

Watched it a couple weeks ago. Was it a flicker in the lights that were along the wall in the background? I think I remember that.

Otherwise I only remember some flicker occurring in the bar scenes with Donny (Bill Macy), but that always happens with neons.
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#3 Craig Knowles

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 06:56 PM

Watched it a couple weeks ago. Was it a flicker in the lights that were along the wall in the background? I think I remember that.


I've seen that as well. Way in the back, over Cruise's shoulder, just before his emotional breakdown at his fathers bedside. Motivated or not, it certainly fits the scene.

The lights patterns look to represent some sort of par/ceiling mount mood lighting, not traditional fluorescents, so part of me leans toward intentional. On the other hand, I have never seen PTA use this visual element in any other film, so it may indeed have been an accident.

Edited by Craig Knowles, 15 February 2008 - 06:56 PM.

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