Movies and Film: Films Whose Movement Is Worth Watching

Films Whose Movement Is Worth Watching

The following films are chosen with an eye toward variety of camera techniques and the content of their applications:

  • The Wind (1928): A great example of silent camera movement.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930): A good example of how early sound film begins to get over the static quality of sound.
  • Breathless (À Bout de Souffle, France, 1959): A French New Wave experiment with a very mobile camera.
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952): Especially in the musical numbers "Would You" and "You Were Meant for Me," the camera dances.
  • Mystery Train (1989): Minimal camera movement can be very effective in its own right.
  • Lumière and Company (1995): See how 39 world-famous contemporary directors (like Spike Lee and David Lynch) use the camera that the turn-of-the-century Lumière brothers used to make their films.
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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film © 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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