Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Battle of the Sexes



















6 comments:

Arbogast said...

I'm unfamiliar with this, so it's doubly exciting, vertigo notwithstanding.

Greg said...

I watched it two days ago. It's a late film by D.W. Griffith (1928) and so unlike the grandeur of story you expect from him. Basically a father who cheats on his wife, ruins his family (that's the mother trying to kill herself and the daughter saving her) and then the daughter does pretty much the same until lessons are learned by the end. Fairly basic treatment with the occasional bravura shot like this one but you can tell Griffith isn't as enamored of the material as with his past productions.

Another problem with Griffith, going back to Birth of a Nation and Intolerance is that, unlike Murnau or Vidor, his films have great set-pieces existing between long, dull static shots. With a Sunrise or The Crowd the whole movie is amazing to behold. Every frame. With a Griffith film, as in this one, you get a stationary camera center stage for 90 percent of the film, interspersed with the occasional eye-catching shots that I placed here.

bill r. said...

Don't do it! Oh, phew. That was close.

Greg said...

Too close.

Arbogast said...

That angle makes me vomit in my mind. Bring on the static cutaway!

Greg said...

A static cutaway is always just around the corner with Griffith.