CineSavant Column

Tuesday October 11, 2022


Hello. The top picture above has no link, and is dedicated to Donna and Tim Lucas.

A worthy link goes with the image just above. It was actually posted a year ago: an uncut 4K restoration of Wladyslaw Starewicz’s incredible animation item The Devil’s Ball.

We’ve seen it often in partial remnants, in iffy quality; this digital restoration must have originated from a good source — the framing looks wider. In stop-motion parlance, I’m impressed by Starewicz’s go-motion blurs. . .



And, noted last week by Joe Dante, this is a Twitter link of a fancy five-minute Chicago Cubs Drone Shot.

It’s a ‘drone tour’ of Wrigley Field commissioned by the ball club, and yes, it is pretty incredible. The end effect is rather strange though. Impromptu ‘magic crane shots’ are now in almost every show we see, with the result that they’re no longer exhilarating. Just think how director Delmer Daves might have abused a swooping drone viewpoint . . .

Thanks for reading — Glenn Erickson