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Colt .45 & Springfield Rifle - Night Scenes


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{font:Calibri}A few months ago we discussed the botched night scenes in THE DEADLY COMPANIONS. FredCDobbs mentioned the day for night shooting, and lzcutter mentioned the possible use of new film stock which the filmmakers didn’t understand how to use. Some believed that the film also is in need of restoration.{font}


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{font:Calibri}COLT .45, just shown on TCM, offers an excellent example of how to use night scenes effectively in color in a western. There are several, and the climactic showdown occurs at night. The colors seem right, and the viewer has no problem following the action. I don’t know if these scenes were actually shot at night, or if this is a result of superior cinematography. SPRINGFIELD RIFLE’s night scenes were less effective. The day scenes looked good, but the night scenes were too dark and the action was not easy to follow, though this was still considerably better than THE DEADLY COMPANIONS. Given Fred’s comments, I’d guess that day for night shooting might be responsible.{font}


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