Cameras in Movies - part x+1

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by JDMvW, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. Back when I was physically in better shape, I did a series of posts on cameras in old movies, especially science fiction movies.

    In the midst of the plague, I've been doing what many here are doing -- cleaning up old files, the photographic equivalent of knitting, and so on.

    I did discover some stills that I don't think that I have posted before.

    The movie is Wise's 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (imdb: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - IMDb).
    Whether or not the 'symbolic' elements were intended or not, is much argued; although it is hard not to be suspicious (Klaatu's alias has the initials "J.C." he dies and is resurrected, brings a message of peace, etc.).

    Regardless, there are a few bits of photographic impedimenta in the film, mostly folding cameras in the crowd when the saucer lands in Washington. (BTW, both carried by females)



    (closer up)

    There is a touch of video, however. Here is Drew Pearson (see Wikipedia, if you are not of a certain age) and the TV broadcast studio and camera:

    There's no prize, but what are the camera(s) in the crowd? Kodak folders? Certainly a little more sophisticated than the Kodak Jiffy, at any rate.

    So here it is, more useless information about old cameras :)
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2020
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  2. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    You can watch the movie for free at:

    The. Day. The. Earth. Stood. Still[ 1951] : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

    Hmm... don't forget about the
    divine retribution in store for
    the earth's people if they don't
    shape up...
  3. Great old movie, JDM. I bought the DVD many years back and watch it a few times a year. Music by Bernard Herrmann. The theremin had a unique sound. Sam Jaffe (Professor Barnhart) was black-listed shortly after this movie was released.
    Great stills showing the cameras.
  4. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    I would remind people that photos should not be shown on that you did not take yourself.
  5. Anyone knows the model of Canon EOS were used in the movies "Harrison Flowers"?
  6. Certainly an American made folder with a view prism at the front standard, probably made in the 20s. Very likely a Kodak with a little stylus hidden somewhere...

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