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Leo Enticknap <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 17 May 2000 02:20:19 +0000
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At 11:38 16/05/2000 +0100, you wrote:

>Moonfleet (1955) directed by Fritz Lang, starring Stewart Granger.

Which, with reference to the thread on ratios, was Lang's only film in
Cinemascope (although the opening credits of BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT on
some prints - even 1:1.33 ones - says that it is 'presented in RKO-scope',
whatever that is supposed to be).  The experience of shooting MOONFLEET is
supposed to have caused Lang to remark that the ratio was useless and only
appropriate for filming snakes and funerals, though this is a Lotte Eisner
recollection which, to my knowledge, does not crop up elsewhere.  I think
the scope compositions are quite good, if a little stage-bound (but,
compared to THE ROBE, the camera is positively fluid).

Leo Enticknap
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