• Mr Poppity

    Give it a try.

  • Mr Poppity

    Mrs Poppity will be watching me: she doesn’t want me to get the wrong idea about the relation before Olivier and Curtis. 😉

  • Mr Poppity

    I believe this intermission 2/3 through was intentional, to give the audience a chance for a bit of fresh air right before the legendary chariot race – that segment alone is pretty intense.

  • Mr Poppity

    I’m glad I could participate. It is a group effort.

  • Poppity 🎀

    I can’t say whether I prefer Heston in this film or in The Ten Commandments. He was a wonderfully talented actor and I’m glad I got to watch these two epics to realise that. I also appreciated Stephen Boyd who played Messala, who was also wonderful and had incredible on-screen presence.
    The scenes with Jesus are very special and Wyler filmed them so beautifully. It is hard not to be touched by Judah’s interactions with him, regardless of religious beliefs.

    I’m very proud of Mr. Poppity for volunteering to pen some of the AFI write-ups, even moreso since English is his second language. Bravo!! 😀

  • Poppity 🎀

    It seems to me like the Intermission period of this film is not exactly in the middle but more like 2/3 through. Mr. Poppity watched in over two evenings and the second part seems much quicker than the first part. A movie that is so long in length is grueling and hard to watch in one sitting. I suppose you’d just have to consider it like a double feature. 😉

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I need to give this another rewatch but it’s just so goddamn long

  • Poppity 🎀

    Ah, ok! I was searching for the term and realise that you are talking about VistaVision. (I could not get Cinemascope out of my mind.) Yes, I heard about the costs related to using this technique.

    I don’t think I’ve seen Spartacus the whole way through to be honest. Everyone knows about the Olivier/Curtis scene, of course. I will be watching it alongside the better half, that is for sure!

  • ResonanceCascade

    Just to clarify, I was only including the big historical epics.There are more movies shot 65/70 than just those, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (and Tarantino even did The Hateful Eight with it) but it’s very rare due to the cost.

    I’m looking forward to reading about Spartacus. That’s a movie I always kinda dismissed as a lesser non-passion project from Kubrick, but I’ve really warmed up to it over the years.

  • Poppity 🎀

    I’m not extremely familiar with filming techniques, so this is very interesting. Why did they make only 5 films that way? Cost, perhaps?
    Mr. Poppity is also going to cover Spartacus so that should be a treat. (He’ll hopefully be on to respond to posts tomorrow.)

  • ResonanceCascade

    Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, The Fall of the Roman Empire…I think that’s about it.

  • Poppity 🎀

    What are some of the other epics that were shot in the same way? 🙂

  • Poppity 🎀

    I hadn’t seen it until a couple of years ago and it wasn’t like anything I was expecting. The story was interesting and Heston is magnificent. If you can, definitely see it in Blu-ray/HD format because it is stunning. You’ll definitely need to allot some time for this – it’s over 3 hours long.

  • ResonanceCascade

    From that brief moment in time where we got a few lavish epics shot on 65mm. Nothing looked as good before or since.

  • King Alvarez

    Another skeleton from my closet that I’ve never seen.