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Miscellaneous or Unusual

Page history last edited by Jonathan Frome 11 years, 4 months ago

Miscellaneous or Unusual


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Shots that are acted and filmed with "backwards" motion and then projected "normally" to give the illusion of unusual forward action:

  1. Dracula, (Coppola, 1992) [don't know scene]
  2. David Lynch films?
  3. Top Secret (Abrahams, Zucker, & Zucker, 1984), scene in the library where Val Kilmer throws books up onto a shelf 12 feet high, where they land perfectly.
  4. Bringing Out the Dead, (Scorsese, 1999), when paramedics Nic Cage and Ving Rhames spring out of their ambulance and into action.
  5. The Cage, (Sidney Peterson, 1947), the protagonists run around the streets of San Franciso while everyone around them appears to be walking backwards (cars move in reverse, too). It is on the recent Kino release "Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema 1928-1954."


Diegetic / Non-digetic crossovers:

  • Bugsy Malone: diegetic character reads non-diegetic subtitles -- 0:35
  • Blazing Saddles: apparently non-diegetic big band music shown to be diegetic when the band is shown in on the prarie --


Films with scenes showing characters dropping from tall buildings:

  • Die Hard

  • Robocop

  • Batman

  • The Untouchables

  • Vanilla Sky

  • Superman

  • Matrix

  • Spiderman

  • Vertigo

  • Saboteur

  • Rear Window (though that's not too high a building)

  • King Kong (a woman falls from a window after Kong drops her)

  • North by Northwest (Martin Landau falls off Mt. Everest -- great way to go)

  • The Woman in Red
  • The Patsy
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Watchmen
  • The Departed
  • Magnolia
  • The Happening
  • In Bruges
  • The Tenant
  • Dark Passage
  • the opening credits of Mad Men

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