Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir (Film and Culture)

Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir (Film and Culture)

Patrick Keating

lighting fixtures plays crucial features in Hollywood motion pictures, improving the glamour, clarifying the motion, and intensifying the temper. studying each part of this understated artwork shape, from the sparkling backlights of the silent interval to the shaded alleys of movie noir, Patrick Keating affirms the position of Hollywood lights as a special, compositional force.

Closely interpreting Girl Shy (1924), Anna Karenina (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), and T-Men (1947), in addition to different fantastic classics, Keating describes the original difficulties posed through those motion pictures and the cutting edge methods cinematographers dealt with the problem. as soon as pushed aside as crank-turning employees, those early cinematographers turned skillful specialist artists via conscientiously balancing the competing calls for of tale, studio, and famous person. better via a couple of hundred illustrations, this quantity counters the idea that type took a backseat to storytelling in Hollywood movie, proving that the lights practices of the studio period have been whatever yet impartial, uniform, and invisible. Cinematographers have been masters of multifunctionality and negotiation, honing their craft to accomplish not just practical delusion but in addition pictorial artistry.

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