Lighting


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that's blown itI figured out how to do frame grabs! And for a total techno-yokel like me, this is a considerable achievement.

This is a lightbulb which has a starring role in the first scene of Jules Dassin’s 1030PM SUMMER. Mr. Dassin is one of Shadowplay’s Official Nonagenarians, along with Richard Widmark.

The light bulb is the first casualty of this film, which has a fairly high body count for an art film, although admittedly one character departs the film without leaving any trace at all…

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8 Responses to “Lighting”

  1. Darryl McCarthy Says:

    This is one of my quirky film favourites. First viewed in childhood, the “light” element that was my strongest memory from the movie was the play of the headlights on roadside ad hoardings as Mercouri’s character drives the fleeing criminal away (in a Triumph Herald convertible!) from the town. This film is a wonderfully flawed gem.

  2. Glad to find another fan! I’m dumbfounded you were allowed to view it as a kid, but I’m not surprised it made a strong impression. All the night driving stuff is really well captured, and you can still see those kinds of hoardings in Spain.

  3. Darryl McCarthy Says:

    Just an opportunity to come back and express my admiration for the exceptional site you are building here, you are hitting lots of chords with my own cinematic interests and creating plenty of new areas of fascination, too. I have only recently discovered your work, having been alerted by Graham Linehan (like many others, I read) in a posting on his Why That’s Delightful site. As for childhood viewing, I was allowed pretty much free rein which meant an early introduction to some classic and quirky movies, everything from Le Mepris and Une Femme Mariee to Leo the Last and Secret Ceremony. It’s only later in life that I have been able to take time to revisit these films on DVD and try to understand and reassess the elements that made an impact on me 30 to 40-odd years ago. Keep up the brilliant work.

  4. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

    Please feel free to suggest an entry for Cinema Euphoria, and / or anything else that comes to mind!

  5. Darryl McCarthy Says:

    Moments of cinematic euphoria? The long shot with Alida Valli walking down the avenue towards the viewer and past Joseph Cotten into a future of her own design – my heart still skips a beat every time I watch it; the arrival of the quartet of lovers in Women in Love in Zermatt, with the blinding blue sky, white snow and superb shot of Glenda Jackson in her period sunglasses – you can feel the frosty air crackle in your lungs and it strikes a powerful contrast with the gloomy or firelit and shadowy interior scenes from earlier in the film; and the final family party scene in Hannah and Her Sisters, tremendously warm and uplifting, directed, lit and designed with real affection.

  6. Cool, I’ll look into availability on youtube. Be nice to get some Mad Ken up there!

    The end of THE DEVILS is one of those downbeat moments that make me feel paradoxically elated, I guess THE THIRD MAN is like that too.

  7. Darryl McCarthy Says:

    Your blog is changing the way I watch movies. Viewing the Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There Last Night, suddenly there was the 10.30pm Summer lightbulb again, this time hanging naked in the corridor outside the apartment of the psychic Crane visits after his wife’s suicide.

  8. Uh oh! Heh.

    I think it’s fun, seeing things connect up. And it’s amazing how you can be outisde the movie yet inside at the same time. Noticing stuff like this doesn’t hurt your enjoyment (although it can add enjoyment to a not-so-great movie).

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