Widescreen Black & White Movies

I don’t use Facebook to follow my cousin who had a great barbecue yesterday. I follow groups where people are fun or inspiring.

In a group about movies today I found a great question :

“Widescreen Black & White Movies?”

For a cinema lover it means something, because black & white movies are NOT widescreen. Silent movies and anything before 1940s are black and white and Cinemascope began in the 1950s.

Let’s make is simple : old movies are in 1.33 format, 4/3, the shape of old TVs.

We could study… recent films shot in 4/3, like on this page : https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-modern-films-shot-43-academy-ratio – like :

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But I chose the other option for my article, Widescreen Movies (the modern format) shot in black & white.

This means something. The format is modern but the director chose “no color”. It’s often absolutely gorgeous – I don’t really know why.

What did we find?

Hud, Manhattan, Lola, Jules & Jim, La Dolce Vita, The Innocents, The Hidden Fortress, Andrei Rublev, L’Avventura

You can Google it to find pages like : http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-black-and-white-films-with-the-most-beautiful-widescreen-composition/

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Well, it’s a funny interesting way to explore cinema with your lover.

The structure/pattern here is cool :

Where else do we find this mix : something new (widescreen) with something old (black & white)? What does it bring?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Sally Mann, American photographer

Sally Mann “reinvented family photography”, she likes to tickle the “unappropriate” (her children violence or sensuality, the proximity of death), staying always on the sweet side though. Like sniffing danger…

I noticed this : The public loves her, many critics don’t. I appreciate her work, her splendid calm blackandwhitery.

Also :

  1. I always dislike the harmless TimBurtoneries, but some of her “gothic” moods makes me shut immediately. Look at her trees, and you’ll remember that nature can watch you too.
  2. I always dislikes “rebels” who easily like to shock the bourgeois. It’s often boring and ridiculous. She’s never on this plateau – though her so-called exhibitionism became more disturbing today…

You’ll find plenty more on Google Images, and many articles to make you think about the pros & cons.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Cas Oorthuys, Netherland Photographer

Cas Oorthuys, a Netherland Photographer (1908-1975), will give you a smile, “this” smile from this part of North Europa : North of France, Belgium, Netherland. You’ll understand once you’ll be there…

I could not explain where is it hidden in his photos, but I feel this man was a sweet person. I had to share!

Pinterest is full of his pictures. Explore if you like!

Have a great sunday

JP

 

 

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Pentti Sammallahti, Finnish photographer

Pentti Sammallahti is a Finnish photographer born in 1950.

Delicate. Snow. Animals. Quiet. Panoramic shots.

Plenty of images here : http://www.espritsnomades.com/artsplastiques/Sammallahti/Sammallahti.html and on Pinterest, of course!

Have a nice day!

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Robert Adams, American photographer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Adams_(photographer)

Robert Adams (born 1937) is an American photographer “who focused on the changing landscapes of the American West”.

I like his photos, and understood I liked it because he works on borders : between nature and men things, between the past and now, he works on where things… rub.

 

Have a nice week end!

 

JP

 

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Broken Cam #Photography – Cabourg 1

Cabourg is a little city near the sea, in Normandy, France.

I was there in 2009, for a whole week, with a cheap Canon camera, which was at the end of its life. It was cold and rainy, and I spent days alone, wandering around, listening to Hindemith on my iPod (I’ll explain it in another post)…

From time to time, the whatchamacallit before the shutter stayed stuck in this oblique funny way. I often took one photo “like this”, before finger-opening it. There’s some Amor Fati in the photographer’s mind, right?

I chose a couple of pictures from this day, to build a tool for thinkers & inventors, which is :

Tool (let’s call it “Use it before you fix it”) :

When something “doesn’t work”, stop. Think about it. What doesn’t work? What could you do “with” it before fixing it?

Where will you apply this tool : Painting? Powerpoint? Poetry? Blogging? Would you go until you think it’s a sign? For what?

 

You’re a photographer. You lost or forgot something? What do you do? Do you have examples? Is improvisation good? Why?

So, well, my broken Canon picts are a little creepy like subjective views in a cheap horror movie? Of course, but I hope I got somethings else :

  • a little eyebrow movement from you (“Hey, what is happening here?”)
  • voyeurismness (mask behindness)
  • questions (“what is the last picture about?” – it’s a dirty corrugated roof)
  • maybe a mood (the remote house in the mist with the fence on photo 5) – feel the cold wind?
  • an illusion game (droplet as an eye, seaweed’s cuteness)

 

Thanks for reading! Have a nice day.

 

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