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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 02-04-2017   #1
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40 movies for photographers

Just came across this link which might be of interest to some.

http://resourcemagonline.com/2014/07...ography/39702/
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I like the Hitch movie (Rear Window) with a star cast. I'm an oldie moldie! Ha!

Blow Up is on TCM. Made when I was a kid.

I've followed Annie. Went to school in S.F.

Good stuff.

Thanks for the link.
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Dear Sara,

I've never seen any of those movies.

No wonder I feel like I'm just wasting my time when I go afield with my camera?

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I can't believe they didn't list the movie The Public Eye with Joe Pesci who plays a Weegee like character.

Here is a favorite I like to watch that is on YouTube on the life of W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult...worth the watch.

https://youtu.be/aulz5efN2Pc
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Everlasting Moments is a really fine film also.

Rear Window
Blow Up

Both very good

And I just recently saw Under Fire which is also worth a watch.
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I've seen 22 of them.
Favorites:
Richard Avedon darkness and light
rear Window
Blow Up
City of God
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Yes, excellent movies there. One not mentioned and I found enjoyable was Monk with a Camera.
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I will add Spy Game with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Pitt is a CIA agent whose cover is as a photographer. He uses a Nikon that looks like an FE2; and a Leica M6 that the sound effects department made to sound like a Nikon with motor drive.
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I can't believe they didn't list the movie The Public Eye with Joe Pesci who plays a Weegee like character.

Here is a favorite I like to watch that is on YouTube on the life of W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult...worth the watch.

https://youtu.be/aulz5efN2Pc
Ditto on The Public Eye. I loved the part..."Hey kid...the hat. Throw his hat in there...people like to see the dead guy's hat"
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Great list; thanks for sharing!
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Blow Up, especially with the scene featuring the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. YES!
Pecker is quite good.

Lot's more not named.
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Thanks for the link, Sara. I also liked the film "American Gangster" where Russell Crowe's detective character uses his Nikon film camera (RF?) and darkroom skill to bring down the Heroin kingpin dealer character played by Denzel Washington.
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yes indeed

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3 is hot by all means.
12 is something I wasn't aware of such a known actress is movie for such good, but not Leibovitz kind a overblown by media photographer. Do you know what in Russian arbus means watermelon?
I quit around #18.
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Everyone should see Born Into Brothels, especially when they begin to take themselves and their gear too seriously.....
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Thanks Sara, interesting list. And yes, "Blow Up" is my preferred masterpiece...
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Another "must see" list which is missing many important movies related to the topic.

For instance, Puzzle of a Downfall Child (Jerry Schatzberg, 1970) The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1983), The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé, 1984) etc etc.
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"Bill Cunningham New York" is another good one.
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I agree, Peter Weir's 1982 The Year of Living Dangerously should definitely be included on such a list.

Linda Hunt (an Oscar)
Sigourney Weaver
Mel Gibson (when we still liked him)
Maurice Jarre (musical score)

Trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL6BqLMZJyA

With commentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfEZANOClzo

It's one of my all-time favorite films.

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Hi sara, thanks for sharing. Cheers, Peter
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Apocalypse Now. The over the top Dennis Hopper character.
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I have a DVD I found titled The Wooden Camera. I haven't watched it yet. Looks good. Maybe some of you have seen it.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-e4LglIQWQ

"Blow Up" locations re-visited.
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Thanks, Sara. I've seen a few of them.

If anyone can identify where any of them can be seen, why don't we share that info in this thread.

I looked on Netflix and did not find a single one. Will check Amazon Prime later.

I've got a copy of "The Impassioned Eye" on my iPad and watch it often. Teriffic.

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I've only seen a few of those listed. One I recall as being in the same vein as "Under Fire" was "Salvador" starring James Woods, directed by Oliver Stone.
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Another "must see" list which is missing many important movies related to the topic.

For instance, Puzzle of a Downfall Child (Jerry Schatzberg, 1970) The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1983), The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé, 1984) etc etc.
Yes excellent choices
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Apocalypse Now. The over the top Dennis Hopper character.
Oh yeah the man with 3 Nikon F's around his neck. Ouch!
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Oh yeah the man with 3 Nikon F's around his neck. Ouch!
Don't laugh. During the 70's and early 80's I did the same thing, although one or two of the Nikons might have been an F2. Multiple bodies with different focal lengths were standard for news photographers before zooms improved in quality.

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Another one you can add to the list is French crime thriller Quai des Orfèvres. Clouzot is a brilliant director, the film features a female photographer with a little secret that the chief detective susses out with one of the greatest closing lines of all time, and I think the makers of Columbo may have been inspired by his character, who always likes to let those in his crosshairs think he's a lot less clever than he really is.
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Pecker (1998)
Blow-Up (1966)
Rear Window (1954)
City of God (2002)

My ordering of favorites not to be missed. I think I have watched Rear Window a couple of dozen times, never tire of it.

However the entire list is interesting, if you can find them.
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Amazon Video offers several for rent and these three on Prime:

- Proof
- Everlasting Moments
- Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project

If you locate others (ideally for free), please pass along the info.

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Not on the list, but The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) was quite good. Linda Hunt won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a male photographer in the movie.
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I thought Bang Bang Club was pretty good. Billy Cunningham's NY is also on my list of good photography documentaries..
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"Blow Up" locations re-visited.
The 'Blow Up - Then & Now' web site should also not be missed...
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Just came across this link which might be of interest to some.

http://resourcemagonline.com/2014/07...ography/39702/
Thanks so much. I just ordered Proof and Everlasting Moments
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Everlasting Moments is a really fine film also....
I finished Everlasting Moments last night and really enjoyed it.

It's hard to imagine the time when photography was new and what that must have been like for a person discovering it and his or her community of viewers. The magic of it all that we so often take for granted. The film wraps that wonder in a beautifully poignant and well-acted story.

It's on Amazon Prime and is well worth watching.

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John,

I will never forget the first time I saw the print coming up on the paper in the developer under the red safelight glow. How I felt when I witnessed that. It was all over for me at that moment.

I can only imagine how magical indeed it must have been for those early photographers.

Also for anyone that love street photography or for those that just want to learn a little more about it I would highly recommend the documentary Everybody Street.
http://everybodystreet.com
Rent it if you don't want to by it.

A great trailer for the film narrated by Meyerowitz
Just push the arrow in the middle of the words poster not available.
http://www.traileraddict.com/everybody-street/trailer
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I saw "Everybody Street" at the Siskel Theater. The director was there and took questions. It didn't do much for me, and I remember thinking it's more documentary work that what I think of as street photography.

My favorite is still "The Impassioned Eye." Incidentally, Isabelle Huppert, whom we saw so much of on the Oscars last night, is one of the main speakers in the documentary, as she pages through the work of HCB.

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Hey John,

Boogie a bit more documentary as well as Davidson but Mark, Gilden and Erwitt maybe not so much though I don't really like labels like street photography. I thought the history part was really good. I thought it was great seeing and hearing words from all those New York photographers and it is all in one place.
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