Movies and Film

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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