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>>Can you help me find movies in which a still photograph "comes into focus"
>>before our eyes?  I'm thinking of scenes where something initially
>>indecipherable gradually reveals additional visual information through being
>>blown up, computer-enhanced, put through filters, etc.  Examples are:
>>Blow-Up, Call Northside 777, and Patriot Games.  Even a photo being swished
>>around in developing fluid, the image gradually emerging as we watch, would
>>qualify.
>>
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In BLADE RUNNER, Decker blows up a photo by computer to discover clues to
the replicants' whereabouts.
 
THE USUAL SUSPECTS ends with cop Chaz Palminteri focusing hsi eyes on
various photos and other items pinned to the wall of an interrogation room,
with the realization for him and for us that the story we have just heard
was concocted from these elements.
 
In 12 MONKEYS the psychiatrist finally focuses on a World War I photo and
realizes that the Bruce Willis character is in it.
 
At the end of THE SHINING, the camera moves in on an old photo on the wall
to reveal Jack Nicholson's character in it.
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE has a photo in which people disappear because past
events prevented them from ever being born.
 
I'm not certain about these but it seems logical for them to have scenes of
photos in developing fluid:  REAR WINDOW and PEEPING TOM.
 
--Richard Leskosky
 
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                                                         Urbana, Illinois
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