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Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media If you are a photographer, it's difficult not to appreciate movies too. In this forum you can discuss movies, as well as the cameras used in them. What camera used in what film / TV show etc has long been a topic of discussion at RFF. Whether the Exakta and 400mm Kilfitt lens in Hitchcock's Rear Window or the Nikons in Eastwood's Bridges of Madison County, cameras are tools which reflect the time and technology of the film.

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Old 08-21-2007   #1
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Leicas in movies

Yesterday I saw the movie "Blood Diamond" from 2006. One of the characters (Jeniffer Connelly) is an American activist journalist in Africa in 1998.

She uses a camera that looks like a Leica M6. The camera even has a lens with a rectangular hood attached to it.
However It seems that the sound effects guy did not bother to record the Leica shutter noise, and used a standard "camera shutter effect". So, the camera looks like a Leica but definitely doesn't sound like one

Anyone remembers other movies featuring Leicas?
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Old 08-21-2007   #2
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Spy Game, Brad Pitt's seen toting a pair of Leicas, an M6 and an M4-P or two M6's, I can't tell.
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Old 08-21-2007   #3
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Anyone remembers other movies featuring Leicas?
CLOSER with Julia Roberts as photographer

Scarlett Johansson in her next movie by Woodie Allen
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Try this list for a fairly comprehensive Leica spotting roundup.

http://nemeng.com/leica/005ea.shtml
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So, the camera looks like a Leica but definitely doesn't sound like one
And, she takes way too much time to focus (I'm thinking about the scene in which she's interviewing a soldier) for being a photojournalist...

(not important, but remarking this instead of just admiring Jenny's lovely face made me earn a strange look from my girl... "homo-camera-erotic!" she said...)
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Leicas were common in the cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, as were Rollei TLRs and press cameras.
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In Blood Diamond, sound notwithstanding, Jennifer uses a Leica M6 and a 4th version 35mm Summicron (Canadian).
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Old 08-21-2007   #8
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Leicas were common in the cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, as were Rollei TLRs and press cameras.
A Rolleiflex is used for candid group portraits in the opening scene of Good Night, and Good Luck
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There's an M6 in the movie Big Fish, with Billy Crudup and Albert Finney. It's also in the hands of another fictional photojournalist...
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Old 08-21-2007   #10
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Actually, Brad Pitt is known to be a big Leica fan and user. He probably selected the cameras for the movie.
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Old 09-19-2007   #11
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A Leica M6 was used in the Palermo railway station scene for the "God Father III" movie, a Leica III C (i believe) in "Mogambo", a Leica M4 (near a couple of Nikon F and F2) in "Under Fire", a Leica Minilux in "One Our Photo", a Leica R6 in "Before the rain".
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In an episode of "'Allo 'Allo" I saw recently, no idea which one, the German colonel takes a picture of the painting of the "Fallen Madonna with the big boobies" by Van Klump with a screwmount Leica, with synchronized flash unit.
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Old 09-19-2007   #13
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In Blood Diamond, sound notwithstanding, Jennifer uses a Leica M6 and a 4th version 35mm Summicron (Canadian).
Canadian you say, what makes you say it's a Canadian?
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Spy Game, Brad Pitt's seen toting a pair of Leicas, an M6 and an M4-P or two M6's, I can't tell.
I can, two M6's
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Canadian you say, what makes you say it's a Canadian?
Because a close inspection of the lens on her M6 reads "Made In Canada." The lens barrel design indicates it's a v4 Summicron.
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Maya Sansa in "La meglio giovent¨" (badly translated as "The best of youth") uses a Leica M4 in the last episode.
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Because a close inspection of the lens on her M6 reads "Made In Canada." The lens barrel design indicates it's a v4 Summicron.
Aha, still gotta see the movie. Will be looking for that bit. Thanks!
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Nick NOLTE in Under Fire sporting a M4??? and a 35mm 'Cron. Andrew.
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Old 09-19-2007   #19
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Charles Bronson in his" A Man With A Camera" series, 1958 to 1960.

Bronson was Mike Kovac, a Leica M3 toting photographer.
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ahh.. the worst movie ever... don't know the name a family in an excursion get lost somewhere in the desert and find a little town where everyone just dissapeared one day in '40's... the kid is using an m6, with some excellent sounds added for when he takes the pictures. i also think in the movie it shows up as a zoom lens

anyone know the movie?
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I'm pretty sure Werner used a Leica of some sort (Barnack possibly?) in Das Boot.

A truly amazing film, too.
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"Aimee & Jaguar", a German artfilm from 1999. Shows many Leicas in action. Including accessories like the add-on delayed release and baseplate-attached flash gun. It's one of the movies I've seen where Leica are shown accurately in terms of time (III or IIIa, none of the later models) or use. Many scenes showing the actors focusing, viewing and even winding the delayed release in the proper "Leica" way.

In contrast, one scene in another movie, "Surviving Picasso" (there are actually at least 2 scenes where a Leica figured) set during the Liberation of Paris in WWII showed a photoreporter with a Leica. But problem is, his Leica had a CEYOO flash gun on it,- and this accessory was introduced around 1950.

Another film where Leicas and other vintage cameras figure is "A Month By the Lake".



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I'm pretty sure Werner used a Leica of some sort (Barnack possibly?) in Das Boot.
Buchheim wrote 'Das Boot' from his own experiences as a photographer on board of U96 during WW2. He himself used a Leica (that eventually got so encrusted with salt it had to be taken apart and fixed by one of the ships mechanics). His book "U-boat War" contains a good number of the 6000 photos he shot.
He died in February this year by the way.
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In Chinatown and The Two Jakes, Jack Nicholson sports a Leica III series camera.
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Josh Lucas in the 2005 film Stealth uses a Leica M7 with a 35mm 'Lux when he is on shore leave with Jessica Biel.
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In "La terra vista dalla luna", by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1966), there are a couple of two strange tourists (he is short and fat, she is tall and thin) that walk around shooting pictures. One of their cameras is a screw mount Leica, if I've correctly spotted it.

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To revive an old thread: Vicky,Christina, Barcelona
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To revive an old thread: Vicky,Christina, Barcelona

The latest Woddy Allen movie "Vicky Christina Barcelona" features Penelope Cruz using a M7 (my guess) and recommending it to her co-character instead of the digital camera she's using ...
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What was the camera Jimmy Stewart used in Rear Window. Could it have been a leica with Visoflex?
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Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Photo: Weinstein Company

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PenÚlope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Photo: Weinstein Company

This was a great movie and she was ridiculous hot in the movie.
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I wnet and seen Coraline tonight. Last thing I expected was an M in a stop animation movie. Even better was that they even got the M3 style frame lines right (I think) when they did the through the lens point of view.
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In a Starsky and Hutch episode (TV series), a guy on the street is holding an Argus C-3. That's an American Leica, I think.

The Mission Impossible series used the Retina Reflex III frequently and occasionally a Rolleiflex. A couple of the early James Bond movies used a Rolleiflex.

I have to confess that I can't recall seeing a movie that involved a Leica.
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some new sandra bullock movie....during the commercial, this was the only part i noticed.

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Teen sex comedy "Eurotrip" has one character with an M7, proudly displayed and described, and while in Amsterdam at a camera shop the cute female camera store clerk notices and admires the Leica and then takes him out back, wink wink. He later pawns the camera to help his friends continue the trip. I know, TOTAL Fiction. I'd never pawn a Leica, but it has helped with the ladies...
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It was an Exacta I think...
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It was an Exacta I think...

The Exacta logo was blacked out (more stealthy? ) but you can actually make out it's the model with left-hand shutter release (and wind-on, I think). Hitchcock actually used a dummy camera made from cardboard. Ditto for the long lens.

BTW, I 've read many times (but don't know if true), the story between Stewart's and Kelly's characters is loosely based on Robert Capa and Hitchcock's friend, Ingrid Bergman.


Great film. If only Jimmy Stewart were using a Visoflex, ah, can't have all
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Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Photo: Weinstein Company

Here some more information why Scarlett and Penelope are using a Leica.

http://www.imaginginfo.com/web/onlin...-Camera/3$4411
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Buchheim wrote 'Das Boot' from his own experiences as a photographer on board of U96 during WW2. He himself used a Leica (that eventually got so encrusted with salt it had to be taken apart and fixed by one of the ships mechanics). His book "U-boat War" contains a good number of the 6000 photos he shot.
He died in February this year by the way.
In the movie Lt Werner possibly uses a Leica III, and since the action is during late 41, possibly a IIIa or b or c! From all the times I saw the director's and the uncut version I never manage to pin'point the exact model. And the caracter was luck that, that oiled rag didn't hit him when he was taking the photos...
(scene that in real life would happend).
By the way, what king of "ISO" he is using? Since his taking photos on the tower and latter in the forward compartmen.
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The latest Woddy Allen movie "Vicky Christina Barcelona" features Penelope Cruz using a M7 (my guess) and recommending it to her co-character instead of the digital camera she's using ...
It's a M6
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