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'Babylon' - Director: Damian Chazelle / DP: Linus Sundgren / Kodak film


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Cool still to start off with:

 

Looking forward to this one.....out in Europe in a couple of weeks.....shot on:

Arricam LT, Atlas Orion and Angenieux HR Lenses 
Arriflex 435

35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219, Eastman Double-X 5222)

 

Printed Film Format  35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383) 
70 mm 
D-Cinema

Never heard of the Atlas Orion lenses!

Here's the article about it:
https://www.kodak.com/en/motion/blog-post/babylon

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Content wise, it's essentially a mash-up of the Kenneth Anger book "Hollywood Babylon".

Students of Film History will recognize simulacrums Clara Bow, Fatty Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks, Dorthy Arzner, a blended Von Stroheim/Von Sterberg character, Pathe Leherman and other Silent Era personalities that figure largely in the scandals of Early Hollywood.

Historically, the representation of technology is great, but telescopes the shooting methods of the 1910's into the period just prior to sound introduction in 1926.  No one but the cheapest Skid Row Production was shooting on open stages like those portrayed in the late 1920s'.  Much of the open studio shooting is clearly modeled on the Sennett Studios of 1915 (ish), complete with a drug-dealing "Count".

It's more of an overly-long love letter to Hollywood;  beautiful but flawed like the characters it portrays. 

Certainly worth watching;  I had a lot of fun.

Just my personal opinion.

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On 1/5/2023 at 12:52 PM, Stephen Perera said:
   

Never heard of the Atlas Orion lenses!

Atlas Orion are (relatively) low-budget anamorphic lenses, very well-known among DIY/indie filmmakers; and it came as a big surprise when Linus Sandgren used them on "Don't Look Up! (2021).

The trailer for Babylon is intriguing - colourful widescreen is certainly an unusual choice for a movie set in 1920s. General art direction looks nowhere near historical to me, but overall it is probably a lot of fun!

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I haven't seen the movie yet but have heard nothing but negative to very negative reviews so far in terms of the story. I keep hearing that the only redeeming aspect of the film is its cinematography. I haven't seen but only echoing what I've heard and read about the film.

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4 hours ago, Alissa Alexina said:

Atlas Orion are (relatively) low-budget anamorphic lenses, very well-known among DIY/indie filmmakers; and it came as a big surprise when Linus Sandgren used them on "Don't Look Up! (2021).

As more cinematographers look for imperfect optics and detuned lenses, some have been choosing low end cine or rehoused old stills lenses to try and find some character. There are so many varied lens choices now for cinematographers.

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its on in local cinemas as from Friday so looking forward to it......I often ponder on why I like films.....and what comes top of the list......the emotional response I get to visuals or the emotional response i get from the acting/storyline.......personally I cant separate the fact I am framing all my waking day.....often a source of amusement for my friends......walking down the street a friend sees tress lining up the pavement but i see the way the sun is painting the trop of the trees with warm glowing light......enough said haha

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18 hours ago, Dom Jaeger said:

As more cinematographers look for imperfect optics and detuned lenses, some have been choosing low end cine or rehoused old stills lenses to try and find some character. There are so many varied lens choices now for cinematographers.

But that is because most using very high def  digital so need to soften the image a bit ! This was shot on film , so not needed to me , I have  not seen the film . Love Linus work , but a big fan of any of the Directors work .

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Saw the film last Friday on my own at the cinema and LOVED IT! fantastic in so many ways for me......had the chaos of Mother! (Darren Aronofsky) the decadence of Wolf of Wall Street and the musical (score etc) presence of La La Land.....am going to go watch it again with 'partner' this week.....I dont give a f@£k about the negativity of any critic or anyone about it.....laugh out loud moments, squirm moments, cinematographic brilliance moments.....a true cinematic experience where you love it at times....hate it at times but remember it day after day thereafter......
The casting superb in my opinion.....the lead Latino actor reminded me of Jimmy Smits from back in the day.....Margot Robbie would get awards for this.....but in this woke era it's never going to happen

Chapeau!

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