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Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 1 Jan 1993 13:02:49 EST
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I'd been saving up a few films to see during my school vacation, so I put
on THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Soon into the film, I recognized the style of
Frankenheimer - long takes, stationary camera -- and, as with other of his
films, it reminded me of early television when the lack of flexibility of
camera movement created a very static image.
I've called this an aspect of his style -- am I incorrect? Is it perhaps
just a lack of inventiveness or creativity, and that Frankenheimer relied
more on the performances of the actors and actresses?
(Personally, I think I'd rather watch ROPE again to see what can be done
with a long take. I find it made THE MANUCHURIAN CANDIDATE a much lower
film than it could have been. But then, maybe the early 1960s was the
perigee of expressionism in American cinema, and the attempt was to be
very matter of a fact).
Any comments on Frankenheimer, this film, or what I call a style?
Thanks, and best wishes for a new year.
Bob Kosovsky
Graduate Center -- Ph.D. Program in Music(student)/ City University of New York
New York Public Library -- Music Division
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