By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than gazing a film that really seems to be at lifestyles at the darkish facet, revealing these darkish components of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's alternatives of 27 video clips from the darkish aspect, he deals a various choice from a glance on the seamy part of lifestyles in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long gone fallacious in Blood easy. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, infamous and Strangers on a teach, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've obtained the primer on movie noir.
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16). In this 30 Steadicam: techniques and aesthetics movie, a young, shy, Jewish man, following the murder of his brother, finds himself involved with ex-Nazis who are selling diamonds in New York. The Steadicam, with its particular structure adaptable to any, or almost any, situation, made it possible to shoot scenes in the diamond merchant district in downtown New York without affecting the ‘spontaneity’ of the street, because of the relative ease with which the camera operator was able to carry it into the crowd and follow the characters.
Excessive acceleration is hard on the operator as g-forces can pull the Steadicam out of the hands. Bounces of over 1 foot as, for example, caused by an unexpected wave during a boat shot, can exceed the range of the arm, causing the pins to break. The vehicle on which the operator rides can flip over or collide with other vehicles. The operator, leaning out to get the shot, will take the brunt of the impact. All vehicles must be in communication, and the driver must listen to the operator.
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