Thursday we posted this movie:
On the screen: “Dark Passages,” a 1947 Warner Bros. crime drama film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the third of four films real-life couple Bacall and Bogart made together.
The film is notable for employing cinematography that avoided showing the face of Bogart's character, Vincent Parry, prior to the point in the story at which Vincent undergoes plastic surgery to change his appearance. The majority of the pre-surgery scenes are shot from Vincent's point of view. In those scenes shot from other perspectives, the camera is always positioned so that its field of view does not include his face. The story follows Vincent's attempts to hide from the law and clear his name of murder.
It struck me as a film noir with a happy ending.
and Marc Olivere commented:
I wanted to share something regarding that part of Dark Passage, the beginning where you don’t (see) Bogart’s face and the film is from his point of view.
It's referred to as “the subjective lens.”
It was a technique used in parts of other films during the time and later, but only one movie (that I’m aware of) used that technique through the entire film (except for a minute or two at the beginning, and a minute at the end).
That film was titled Lady in the Lake (1946, a year prior to the release of Dark Passage), a Phillip Marlowe/Raymond Chandler story starring and directed by Robert Montgomery.
It got a mixed reception both critically, and at the box office, but it’s truly a film worth checking out.
I found it fascinating when I saw it. But it is strange experience, particularly during the fight and love making scenes.
To which the Web Meister Responded:
your comments on the movies are much appreciated, and I hope you don't mind if I post them.
As to your comment, how would you stack up "The Invisible Man," Claude Rains, 1933?
The Invisible Man was a marvel for special effects during it’s time. I’m not sure if it employed the subjective lens, at least I’m not remembering it having done so.
Of course, the story is a classic. One of Claude Raines’ earliest films, if not his debut, but I’ll have to check that.
Another story, far less a classic, but a lot of fun to read was a book that came out in the eighties, called Memoirs of the Invisible Man, by H.F. Saint.
One of the things I found interesting about that book was how it addressed food that the invisible man would eat. If clothes stayed visible when worn by the man, then what happens to visible food when consumed by him(?)
Yes, you guessed right. And it stays visible until it is digested and assimilated into the body.
Little things (were) what made the book entertaining, to say the least.
Web Meister Responds:
Rains portrayed the Invisible Man (Dr. Jack Griffin) mostly as a disembodied voice. Rains is only shown clearly for a brief time at the end of the film, spending most of his on-screen time covered by bandages
And the same type thing happened in a sequel, about ten years later starring Vincent Price who actually only appeared in the film for one minute, and spent the remainder of the movie as a disembodied voice.
“From the mouth of the story teller,” the ultimate subjective lens.
Marc and Wikipedia, the Web Meister and the bloggers thank you.
Today’s post, a continuation of the Existential Auto Trip: Travel: After the Packing Lists, Date of Departure, deals with the last commitment we have before leaving for the trip, in this case, returning my daughter to school.
Today is Saturday, June 23, 2018
Good morning, my friends.
This is my seventy-sixth consecutive daily posting.
It's going to be a rainy day.
On the screen: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
The movie was a critical and financial success, eventually grossing over $300 million worldwide.
I’m at my desk.
Dinner is out at a fine Japanese restaurant in Boston, compliments of my son, Mino.
Friday meeting w Tucker, the techie from the Microsoft Store in Prudential helped me with a variety of generic Word issues, including sizing the chart that I’m trying to paste into the blog.
Kat gets to move into her new digs on Friday, August 31, 2018.
A returning sophomore at Swarthmore.
Time flies when you’re having fun.
So, looking at weekend.
How to avoid major jams?
Have been invited to stay at friends’ home for the time in Penn.
How generous and appealing.
So like them.
Kat and I both will stay there on Wed and Thurs evening.
I will help Kat move in on Friday.
Have Friday night dinner there at Swart, leave Kat to her new room and mates, and return to friend’s to sleep.
Head out to Boston before breakfast.
Arrive Saturday afternoon.
Then to set up for my Existential Auto Trip, now scheduled for launch on Tuesday, day after Labor Day, Sept 4, 2018.
Both Kat and I will spend Wed and Thurs nights with our friends.
For me, the addition of Friday night with a promise to vacate early Sat morning (not necessary from hosts’ view) to return to Boston to reload the car for the Existential Auto Trip to Jackson Hole.
Perhaps a café on Wed arrival, mid-afternoon.
A bit of walking around Philly in the vicinity of the destination restaurant.
Welcomed after the long car ride.
Kat and I will host the dinner @ Talulah’s Garden, downtown Philadelphia @ 6.30p
Maybe our hosts will reserve a table outside.
A hot item in that city.
Wondering is either or both of our hosts will join us for all or part of the day in Philadelphia.
Hoping to see some Eakins.
The famous market for lunch.
Something light to eat.
A 2pm return to friends’ for a nap.
Then more sightseeing in Philly (If I may be so familiar) before our second wonderful meal of the trip.
Friday, after breakfast, Kat and I will Swarth the whole day.
Get her moved in.
Stay there with her for our last dinner of summer.
I to return to friends about 9.30p
Leave Sat, early.
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