Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

Ziegfield Follies

I'm debating whether or not I should pull the Yom Kippur card to get out of a Monday. I suppose it would be of somewhat questionable morality to do so, but I'm feeling very lazy. Besides, I have stuff to do.

Sometimes a cigar is only a phallic symbol.

The Ziegfeld schedule has been updated; the week after the musicals is an Alfred Hitchcock series! They're showing The Birds, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. It is the latter film I'm most excited about, as often as I've seen it (and yes, I have seen it projected on several occasions). The thing about Rear Window is that it really lends itself to the big screen, with all the little substories playing out in the windows the Jeffries (James Stewart) is observing. Not to mention the fact that I never fail to be entranced by Grace Kelly's ethereal first appearance in this film.

I wonder if this is going to be a 70 millimeter print, as I saw the Katz/Harris restoration of Vertigo, which was shot in VistaVision* as well, and looked phenomenal.

* VistaVision was a photographic process where standard 35 millimeter film stock was fed horizontally (like a still camera) for greater clarity. While it was generally shown in 35 millimeter reduction prints, the picture quality of the negative was on par with 70 millimeter. It's standard projection ratio was 1.85:1, although the exposed frame was 1.5:1; projection ratios could apparently range anywhere from 1.37:1 to 2:1. While it fell out of common use because it never really caught on (although Hitch liked it and used it several times including the aforementioned films and North by Northwest as well; The Ten Commandments and White Christmas were also shot in VistaVision), the format experienced a resurgence of interest as it was used for special effects photography in Star Wars, so that the film quality wouldn't degrade so much despite pass after pass on optical printers during compositing. It was used fairly often for that purpose until digital took over.
Tags: alfred hitchcock, cinema
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