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Lenses used for "Black Moon" (1975)


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#1 Larry Miles

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:58 PM

Hello,

 

I was wondering if anyone knew, or could give an educated guess, as to which lenses were used for Louis Malle's (Sven Nykvist) Black Moon from 1975?

 

Here is a link to a Google image search for the movie and here is one for imdb.

 

Thank you.


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#2 Michael_Ryan

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:55 AM

My best guess is Panavisions.. (spherical) - according to imdb he alot of his films were credited Panavision lenses and camera.. Whatever they are sure look amazing to me! :) 


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 05:27 PM

As the movie was shot in Europe in the mid 1970's, it's likely that Arri cameras were used, rather than Panavision. I'm not an expert on Panavision history, but I don't believe they had much of a presence in Europe at the time. It's also possible that it was Mitchell cameras used.

 

So, whatever lenses it was would likely have been in either Arri Bayonet or BNCR mount. As to which lenses exactly... Cooke Panchros, Super Baltars, and Zeiss standards would all have been available, along with many others.


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#4 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 10:44 PM

Nykvist used an Arriflex 35BL for a lot of movies he shot around that time, although for an apparently sparse dialogue film like Black Moon (I haven't seen it, just read a bit about it) they may well have just used a 2C, with a blimp for the dialogue scenes.

 

I doubt they would have used a Mitchell (or Panavision) for a French/German production filming in a location (Malle's own manor house).

 

So my best guess would be lenses in Arri B mount, most likely either Zeiss standard speeds or Cooke Speed Panchros, with maybe a Cooke 20-100 Varotal zoom.


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