Long Shots • Mizmo • Multiple Suspense

Francisca 2022-04-21 09:01:44

There is a lot of useful material in the book "Conversations between Hitchcock and Truffaut", which has been covered by other film critics and will not be repeated. Below are my personal thoughts.
1 The closed space
is also shot in a small space. This film is similar to "Twelve Angry Men". One relies on camera movement, and the other relies on constant editing, but both try to keep the viewfinder frame from being monotonous. All are more complicated than cheap sitcoms.
2 Long Shots and Front and
Back I just watched the 1969 version of "Thunderbolt" yesterday. It was a good film, but the shots were very rigid, basically all front and back shots, and it seemed that putting the camera there would be over. , very little exercise. On the other hand, this film not only uses track-tracking, panning, and telescopic zooming, but also makes use of out-of-sync audio and video (for example, the camera is aimed at the action of the maid, but the voice is a few people talking next to each other; another example, the professor tries to restore the wear and tear The process of Wei entering the room and being killed, at this time, using the subjective camera, from the door to the porch, then to the living room, and then to the box, as if David was really in the picture.)
3 The scene is dispatched
because the camera is always on Movement, coupled with constant zooming, must be done with extreme care to avoid all staff and equipment. Tati's "Game Time" is also an excellent demonstration of scene scheduling. The difficulty is extremely large in space, and there are many people, sometimes even in different rooms, but they have to make synchronous actions; , is not too short.

Sports long shots or mechanical front and back, which is closer to drama? I think it's the latter. If the montage doesn't create the desired effect, the shot just passively changes with the viewer's gaze. While long shots show a specific space, moving shots force the viewer to pay attention to something, with a montage-like effect. For a drama, requiring the audience to pay attention to a certain detail must be done through language; but the motion camera itself guides the audience.
When we watch the play, we can find out what other actors are doing besides the actors who are performing? Mostly as a foil, standing still - the performance manual says, when you stand on stage, don't make extra small movements. Therefore, this part of the actors actually temporarily lost the function of expression. In contrast, because the movie can use the viewfinder to eliminate these people, it also saves the performance of the actors and the attention of the audience.

The suspense of this film comes from the fact that the audience has to stand from the perspective of the murderer to hide the secret; at the same time, from the perspective of the discoverer, to solve the case safely: both sides allow the audience to take their place. Between the two murderers, the audience does not have to choose one of them, but can substitute for both at the same time. This gives the audience multiple experiences. The audience participates in this event and hopes that the mystery will be revealed, but at the same time, they do not want it to be revealed. They would rather delay it, so the film is not lengthy at all.
In the relationship of three people, each person must beware of the other two, they are mutually restrained (that is, they are allied with each other), if any link changes (enhancement or change), the situation will become clear, so the plot can go to multiple dimensions Development is full of tension. In the end, the possibility presented by the director is, as the saying goes, reasonable and unexpected.

Like the Freudianism in "The Psycho", the Nietzschean philosophy and the philosophy of crime and punishment introduced in this film are all too superficial and superficial - of course, Stewart only said a few words, and the audience has realized that This type of suspense film is not suitable for outspoken philosophy and human nature. With the various reactions of the characters, the film has reached the level of exploring the psychology of fear and anxiety without pretending to be sophisticated.

PS: There is no soundtrack for this film, except for a few piano plays by the characters. Another film I watched at night, "Jack and Ruth's Love Song", was filled with mournful soundtracks from beginning to end to render the emotions that the plot could not express, which was very annoying.


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  • Mrs. Wilson: Well, I'm off. Enjoy yourselves. Don't forget to write. And mind your P's and Q's.

  • Brandon: Another drink?

    Rupert Cadell: Well, that's a very good idea. May I have one for the road?

    Brandon: Of course. A short one?

    Rupert Cadell: No, I'd prefer a long one if you don't mind.