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Three Musketeers (1973)


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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:26 AM

I've been watching some old movies shot by David Watkin again lately after finishing his second autobiography.  I watched "Catch-22" some weeks ago and just watched the U.K. blu-ray of "The Three Musketeers" (not a great transfer though.)

 

It's amazing to me how unique his cinematography was compare to most films of the early 1970's. "Catch-22" was shot in 1969, released in 1970, and yet the lighting is almost always soft, no traditional key light on faces, etc.

 

In "The Three Musketeers" it's a similar approach, rooms are often lit softly, day or night, with very little relighting for close-ups, which worked well with Lester's multiple camera approach.  The movie pre-dates Zeiss Super-Speeds but there is a lot of work shot wide-open on some older lens that had some CA issues and softness. It's interesting how Watkin often exposed scenes quite "fully" for a bright and airy feeling to the movie, counter to the typical Hollywood approach to costume dramas at the time. Considering the limitations of 100 ISO stock at the time, it's interesting that he could light even huge spaces with soft light.

 

Here are some frames:

 

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This is a night scene, a royal ball:

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The day scenes at court also have that light-toned airy look:

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#2 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:01 AM

2 GREAT MOVIES!! Rachel Welch was terrific in it, Oliver Reed, Micheal York, Charlton Heston, Richard Chamberlain, Fey Dunaway, Christopher Lee. Just a Hell of a cast, Beautifully filmed, well acted, It's my favorite version then Catch-22, Alan Arkin at his absolute best, surprisingly good performance from Art Garfunkel, Martin Balsam and Richard Benjamin, great as always, Jack Gifford, terrific, Tony Perkins, Buck Henry, Orson Wells, Jon Voight, Martin Sheen, Paula Prentiss, Bob Newhart, Norman Fell, Jack Riley and not a SINGLE sour note. You don't get a better cast that that and the cinematography, perfect.

 

One side note the 18 plane B-25 bomber force that Nichols assembled was, at the time, the 12th largest air force in the world. They flew 1500 hours during production of which 10 minutes made it onto the screen and in order to replicate a massive bomber strike force taking off, they had to film the 18 planes 4 times in rotation. One non flyable aircraft they found in Mexico was made barely farry-able and was intentionally destroyed in a crash scene then buried next to the runway where in remains entombed to this very today. One other tragic note is that of second unit director John Jordon who fell 4000 feet to his death after refusing to wear a safety harness while directing in the tail gunner position as he was giving hand gestures to one of the aircraft being filmed. The patch Alan Arkin's Yossarian wore on his A-2  flying jacket was the actual one Joesph Heller's 499th Bombardment Group wore. One of the best antiwar films ever done. I love that movie.


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#3 John Holland

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:17 AM

He always exposed for the shadows , thats why he loved 5254 for its wide latitude and then Agfa XT 320 for the same reason .


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