Well, as Blanche Devereaux would say, "Better late than pregnant." But hey -- I was busy this weekend, being the Best Man for my best friend's wedding. Congratulations, you two!
But -- back to business, and our continuing coverage of the 1953 Oscars. Tonight: the nominees for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.
THE FOUR POSTER
I ain't paying 68.79 on Amazon for a bootleg DVD of this movie.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
I love the look of the film for the most part. My one issue -- and this is a personal thing that probably has more to do with an ability to process older films -- is that I can't stand day-for-night. It rarely looks right.
The conspirators regularly meet in shadow -- even when they greet each other in the day, a greyness seems to overtake the screen, a contrast to the bright light of the opening processional. Also dig moments like the above -- so much happening, and now we're part of it!
Joseph C. Brun
Frank F. Planer/Henri Alekan
Just lovely. Whether day or night, not a single missed opportunity. Check out Audrey sneaking out of her palace lodgings late at night, skulking out of there; now see her as she enters a brave new world, not as a princess, but as a normal young woman. Cinderella in reverse, beautifully captured.
Oscar chose From Here to Eternity, but I see things a little differently and give my vote to...
JOSEPH C. BRUN
Thus endeth the first week.
Next week -- well, tomorrow -- we'll be covering Color Art Direction, Story and Screenplay, Original Score, Supporting Actress, and Color Cinematography. Do stick around as we watch...
Above and Beyond (score)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (cinematography)
The Band Wagon (screenplay)
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (cinematography)
The Desert Rats (screenplay)
From Here to Eternity (score, supporting actress)
Hondo (supporting actress)
Julius Caesar (score)
Knights of the Round Table (art direction)
Lili (art direction, score, cinematography)
Mogambo (supporting actress)
The Naked Spur (screenplay)
Pickup on South Street (supporting actress)
The Robe (art direction, cinematography)
The Story of Three Loves (art direction)
Take the High Ground! (screenplay)
This is Cinerama (score)
Torch Song (supporting actress)
Young Bess (art direction)