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Posts posted by woody

  1. Very simple. They attached the camera to the set, which was shaped like a drum. The camera would have been right at the axis at one end of the drum, looking straight into the drum. and then they rotated the entire set, including the attached camera. The girl was never anything but straight up and down, and simply stepped in place at the bottom of the drum which was rotating beneath her. I hope that makes sense.

  2. Those who caught the Pete Smith short on high speed photography (Quicker 'N a Wink, 1940) on Saturday morning, might want to pay attention to the closing narrative. Pete Smith takes a subtle stab at James FitzPatrick's trademark wrap-up style: "And so it is with this happy thought that we reluctantly bid farewell to Stroboscopes, and sail into the setting sun..."

  3. I had my DVR recording at the problem area between "Crisis" and "Dream Wife".


    The audio was as follows:

    -- Crisis

    -- next-three-films-are-...

    -- Young Composers short


    The video was as follows:

    -- Crisis

    -- Young Composers short


    So the video component of the "next-three" was left out, and instead the viedo component of Young Composers started at that point. So now video and audio are out of synch by the length of that "next-three" spot.


    This was on Shaw Cable in Winnipeg, Canada.

  4. > ...Was the film preceeding "Duck Soup" an "Essential"

    > with a Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell introduction

    > or just a standard TCM offering?


    The preceding film was "Foreign Correspondent" in the US, but in Canada they substituted "A Guy Named Joe".


    > Do Canadians get

    > the Essentials series? Just curious.


    Depends on the individual "Essentials" film, and whether TCM has distribution rights in Canada. For example they didn't show "Foreign Correspondent" last weekend, and back on the Dec 16/17 weekend they didn't show "Sunset Boulevard" in the essentials series.

  5. > ...I see someone thinks the Marx Bros. were running long

    > but I didn't notice a problem. Duck Soup ended at 25

    > minutes after the hour which is just when a 70 minute

    > film should have ended if it started at 8:15.. I am

    > thinking someone's DVR may not have been programmed

    > right....


    Duck Soup started 15 minutes early on Shaw Cable in Winnipeg, Canada. And the next few Marx Brothers films also started 15 minutes ahead of schedule. There were at least two other Canadians who posted something similar. So perhaps it was only the Canadian feed that was afftected. Strange...

  6. I agree with markfp2's explanation, but in a lot of cases I really can't believe that any Canadian network would have obtained the broadcasting rights. Especially for some of the old silents that are not being shown on the Canadian TCM channel. I say that because I don't think I've seen any silents on Canadian channels in recent years, not out West anyway.


    One example would be Sparrows (1926). It showed on the TCM US yesterday, but not TCM Canada. Does that mean a Canadian broadcaster has the rights and plans to show it? I seriously doubt that.


    One possiblility might be that various films are bundled into packages. A Canadian broadcaster might obtain the rights to a package of dozens of films, but only plans to show some of them.


    Another possibility, for films that TCM does not own, could be that the owner wants to charge extra if TCM shows them in Canada as well as the US.

  7. The mother of all tracking shots is "Russian Ark". The entire film is one continuous take, over 90 minutes in length. No edits, no cuts. They did it with hi-resolution video equipment and a huge hard drive. There were several thousand extras involved, so planning was critical. I think they got it on the third take.


    Hitchcock would have loved to use that technology for "Rope". He was limited by the ten minute length of film stock.

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