These are outstanding shots from shorts The Eagleman Stag and Death to the Tinman but if you want to read about more, better shots, head on here.
I talk about Singin’ in the Rain and about Gene Kelly dancing and playing and me watching here.
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Buster Keaton’s going to do it! He’s going to make it! I’m going to talk about it here!
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This edition of @nathanielr’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot is for PINK NARCISSUS and is NSFW!
After trying to watch this avant garde movie (read: to the point that it’s borderline indecipherable) as blind as possible I finally relented and Googled the synopsis. This character is apparently a prostitute. This shot is an interesting visual of what the character is thinking while presumably masturbating. I’m projecting here, but I assume that when we close our eyes and think about what arouses us, it’s this frontal assault of a man (or woman), an enticing face, revealing everything we want to see. Instead this shot both exposes and obscures, the character seeing himself almost comatose, flaccid, un-erotic yet surprisingly natural. I also see a Whitman-esque reference, as the character chews on a straw and lightly touching it to parts of his body.
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The snowfall before the rainstorm. Click the source link.
Forgot to tumble this beautifulness last week. Click the source link.
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Joan wears almost no make-up. This is a medium shot of her as opposed to a close-up, but our eyes are still drawn to her face. There’s another shot that’s more on the nose about my point, but this shot is also a testament to he expressive aspect of her silent film training as well as a naturalism she’s acquired in the mid-point of her career.
She introduces her character’s schizophrenia as a state of just waking up, as she does in my best shot above, taking the opposite direction of going all out in depicting mental fragmentation. Or maybe she and the movie sees her numbness a result of her heightened emotions eventually depleting her energy. Those two complementary interpretations of illness are influential with contemporary cinematic depictions of similar states.
This has been a part of Nathaniel R’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series.
Edward Scissorhands - Tim Burton 1990
Let it be known that Kathy Baker is a hot bitch.