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Gosh, the cinematography in Out of the Past (1947) is gorgeous

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Especially in those opening scenes.  It's like looking at Ansel Adams photographs.  At the same time, you get clear and sharp contrasts between light and dark, yet also subtle gradations of middle tones.   There's a dead tree lying by the water you can almost feel the silky smoothness of.  This movie is for black and white what The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is for Technicolor.  In fact, it could do a good job taking it on directly.  Another movie that comes to mind with similar cinematography, though not so great a movie, is Roseanna McCoy (1949).






One of the great screen entrances.

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The film was shot by a man named NICHOLAS MUSURACA, a cinematographer who was said to be one of the industry's fine "unsung" greats.


ANSEL ADAMS though?  MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE more comes to mind. ;)




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I've seen the film many times but came upon it last night at just this part. I always like to watch "Kathy's" frozen face due to the actual medical malady of her portrayer. It really helps Greer to maintain a stonelike and emotionless demeanor.

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