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FILM Fellini La Dolce Vita 1960


La Dolce Vita

The Magic Widow 6 November 2015 ~ film blog by Kristoffer T notable for the quality film stills

the cinematography of la Dolce vita: that’s deep, man

Brandon W. Irvines’ Underplex film blog, 20 June 2013 ~ always plenty of stills

La Dolce Vita: Lessons not learned

Kate Fitzpatrick, Brattle Theatre Film Notes, 24 June 2103

Search Brattle for other La Dolce Vita posts.

February 26, 2017 Posted by | Antonioni, film, film directors, La Dolce Vita [1960] | , | Leave a comment

FILM Tableau shot


The Power of the Tableau Shot

David Goodman, The Beat, 30 November 2015

David Bordwell discusses tableau in these posts starting at the top with Murnau before NOSFERATU

Bit confusing because he doesn’t just use headings tableau or tableau vivant but persevere and it all become clear and where the links are.

Came back to this by accident when this interesting clip from an Estonian film by Martti Helde, In the Crosswind [2014] came into view.

wiki: In the Crosswind

Distributor Pluto Films for all the details

In the Crosswind
8′ 58″

In the Crosswind
1′ 40″ trailer

Risttuules (In the Crosswind) – Through the window
7′ 15″

Risttuules (In the Crosswind) – Winter photo (letter)
5′ 18″ ~ YouTube captions kept just to distinguish the links.

February 26, 2017 Posted by | Estonian films, In the Crosswind [2014], Martti Helde, tableau shot, Tableau vivant | , , , , | Leave a comment


The book is so much better than the film..

The book is so much better than the film..

BRIAN sitting at his desk behind his laptop. Bookshelf behind him. Jar of pens right. untidy papers/books left.

He looks down to type. Clicking of keys. Stops. Looks toward camera blankly. Sound of door opening and shutting. Brian continues to look at camera.

Cut to:

Angled view of BRIAN. Door to right. JENNY enters backwards.

Cut to:

Back to 1st shot.
JENNY stands behind him looking at the screen. Smiles.

Very good. Two sentences..

Brian continues to look forward impassively.

Jenny moves to Brian’s left side. Shows both hands in fists. He touches the right one. She opened her fist. It is a small red tomato. She opens the other fist: it is a grape.
Brian cranes head to look up at Jenny. The looks back. Types.
Jenny moves behind Brian again. Looks over his shoulder.

There you see! It just needed a tomato.


You know I’m right…

Brian starts reads from the screen:

“She opened the door and moved towards him, standing right behind him, bending to look over his left shoulder. That’s one more sentence than at 9 O’clock” She says, smiling. He can’t of course see the smile, but he feels the warmth of it on his neck. He continued to look forwards impassively……

Cut to:

Back to shot 2

………Margaret moved to the side presenting him with two closed fists. “Which one?”. Peter reluctantly chose the right hand. Jenny opened her fist to reveal a small red tomato on her palm. Then the other hand: a green grape. He started typing furiously quite oblivious to her presence. While Brian typed, Jenny has moved silently to the door and left the room. In a corner of his mind, a millions miles from his creative effort, he hears the click of the door shutting.”

Cut to:

Closer view of door. The door is just shutting. Click.

Fade out.

February 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment