I was reading an interview of Antonioni by Godard -- unfortunately I couldn't find a
version on the web to post on here, but it's in the Criterion Collection version of
Red Desert in the booklet if anyone is interested in reading the unabridged version --
and he said something interesting that I didn't quite understand.
When talking about Red Desert and his use of color, he said, "...I realized that certain
camera movements were no longer possible: a fast pan works well if the main color is
bright red, but it doesn't work if the color is olive green, unless it is meant to suggest
I'm not sure what he means by this. I've never experienced problems with a fast pan
when the main color is red; however, I've never shot on the film stocks and lenses of 1964.
This phenomena might only have existed in the early days of color cinematography.
Does anyone have any ideas or experiences regarding this?