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Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life": extreme wide angle & handheld (1 reply)

skiphunt
2 months ago
skiphunt 2 months ago

I mostly admire and enjoy Terrence Malick's films. Especially the look. The deep meaning of the stories have appeal (if I often have to watch them a second time after falling asleep during the first viewing) 😉 

I'm watching his most recent film "A Hidden Life" right now. I'm only half-way through (it's 3hrs) but the whole film is shot in extreme wide angle and mostly handheld. I just read that they shot mostly 12mm with nothing going over 16mm. 

Although I think this is an interesting approach, I'm finding it difficult to watch. Seeing 12mm handheld for most of the shots is giving me sort of a mild vertigo and headache.

Anyone else get that? Like I said, I'm only halfway through. Maybe it was easier to watch on a large theater screen. Maybe I'll get used to it by the end. So far, it's been a visual challenge... and not in a good way.

skiphunt
2 months ago
skiphunt 2 months ago

ps. I got used to the ultra wide & handheld in the second half. It was an interesting creative choice, but overall I’d say I didn’t particularly care for it. Maybe I’m just used to the creative use of multiple focal lengths... and having everything wide for the entire film became visually tiresome.

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