Sequence in "Out of Sight" where the fourth wall is spray-painted during a murder.
The instance of this I'd love to know more about (and I've found no reference to it in any book on Joseph Losey) is where a cricket ball seems to hit the camera tripod during "The Go-Between", so that the image shakes (at the end of the cricket match sequence). The film is so straight-laced that it can't be regarded as a moment of reflexivity, and so the moment is enormously out of place in this period drama... I wonder if Losey left it in as an in-joke?
From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Cynthia
Sent: Sat 14/08/2010 04:50
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Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] Saving Private Ryan's blood on the camera technique
I just saw The Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire (1953) at Film
Forum in NYC, part of their classic 3D series; oil is sprayed
directly onto the lens. And the technique is not uncommon in nature/
wildlife films set in oceans, lakes, rivers.
Cynthia Chris, Associate Professor
Department of Media Culture
College of Staten Island, CUNY
On Aug 12, 2010, at 9:48 AM, Kendrick, Jim wrote:
> I immediately thought of the sequence in Stanley Kubrick's "The
> Shining" in which the torrent of blood comes pouring out of the
> elevator. We see it several times, but it is only the last time
> that the blood actually washes up over the camera and we see
> everything for several seconds bathed in red.
> James Kendrick, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Dept. of Communication Studies
> Film and Digital Media Division
> Baylor University
> From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] On
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> Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 4:45 AM
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> Subject: [SCREEN-L] Saving Private Ryan's blood on the camera
> Does anyone know of instances prior to Saving Private Ryan where
> blood or
> other liquids have splattered onto the camera lens and have been
> left in the
> shot (thus suggesting the fourth wall).
> Following this enquiry, does anyone know of any 3D films that have
> used the
> same effect. Step Up 3D allows water to remain on the lens but I
> seen this in any other previous stereoscopic films.
> many thanks
> Miriam Ross
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