Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noi

Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noi

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Lighting performs essential functions in Hollywood films, enhancing the glamour, clarifying the action, and intensifying the mood. Examining every facet of this understated art form, from the glowing backlights of the silent period to the shaded alleys of film noir, Patrick Keating affirms the role of Hollywood lighting as a distinct, compositional force. Closely analyzing Girl Shy (1924), Anna Karenina (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), and T-Men (1947), along with other brilliant classics, Keating describes the unique problems posed by these films and the innovative ways cinematographers handled the challenge. Once dismissed as crank-turning laborers, these early cinematographers became skillful professional artists by carefully balancing the competing demands of story, studio, and star. Enhanced by more than one hundred illustrations, this volume counters the notion that style took a backseat to storytelling in Hollywood film, proving that the lighting practices of the studio era were anything but neutral, uniform, and invisible. Cinematographers were masters of multifunctionality and negotiation, honing their craft to achieve not only realistic fantasy but also pictorial artistry.Cinematographers typically used photo-flood light bulbs, which give off a brighter amount of light for a shorter period of time. ... examines the eyes of Judith (Bette Davis), a carefully focused spotlight moves back and forth, in coordination with the doctora#39;s lighting tool. ... lighting up on the roof and playing it in patches of light and shadow, the whole set has so much general lighting to make it appear that it isanbsp;...

Title:Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noi
Author:Patrick Keating
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2009-11-01


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