Cool Frames Dude - The CHUD Screenshot Of The Day Club - Page 56
Yes. Super cool shot. Depicting the tried-and-true military technique of "encircling your target with people armed with guns, thereby ensuring myriad deaths by friendly fire."
Right after this is one of the freakiest, nail biting scenes ever put to film.
One of my favorite stills. Love how the light is cut and diffused through his fingers like the blades have extended beyond the frame.
I love the way Kubrick uses zooms in this, starting with one amazing composition then pulling back to reveal 2-3 more. What a movie.
De Palma made an interesting point in the documentary I saw about him recently: that Kubrick used slow camera movements to give the audience a chance to become immersed in an unfamiliar environment. I have also always seen it as a very deliberate attempt to recreate as much as possible on screen the compositional styles of painting at the time the story is set. The slowness of the movement of the camera allows for dwelling on those compositions like you would dwell on a painting in a gallery. That and the deliberate evocation of the rationalism of the age, juxtaposed with the romantic, ambitious and dissolute nature of Lyndon himself.
Mann uses a related framing trick for his establishing shots in Last of the Mohicans. Lots of symmetry and classical compositions.