There tend to be certain filming techniques that seem reminiscent of a certain time period. Almost like trends - just like what happens in other aspects of life too. In movies of the mid to late 60s and 70s, I do note quite a few instances of the sun flaring into the lens. Cool Hand Luke comes to mind. Also Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda riding down the road on their choppers with the sun positoned within the frame right alongside them. I don't notice this much at all in movies of later decades. Almost like it's characteristic of a certain time period.
With 70s television dramas, I have recollections of characters leaping or jumping away from the camera or towards the camera quite close to a wide angle lens, allowing the short focal length to add a little bit of distortion for dramatic effect. This is combined with overcranking the camera very slightly - say perhaps 36fps as a rough guess. The Six Million Dollar Man made a lot of use of slow motion (for his superhuman feats) but without the wide angle lenses.
Can anyone think of any other examples from the same or different decades?
Trends in cinematography throughout the decades
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