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3 responses to “SF Question of the Day: Dune and Lawrence of Arabia”

  1. Megpie71

    One of the things about early motion picture acting is that it was largely influenced by theatrical acting – gestures and expressions had to be visible to the people in the back row of the Gods, not just to the folks in the front two rows of the stalls. Movies changed the way that actors perform their trade, too – it caused the creation of a whole new form of performance, one where clever editing can make the most wooden-faced actor into a subtle genius.

    However, the lens and the screen alter the way that faces are perceived as well – they flatten out the features, make faces broader and wider. So it’s not surprise that the people who do best on screen tend to have relatively narrow faces and slender silhouettes. It’ll be interesting to see whether the current “3D with everything” craze carries on, and if so, whether it alters the way we perceive actors cinematically.

  2. tree

    You lured me into this post under false pretences! I thought it was going to be about Dune and Lawrence of Arabia!

  3. tigtog

    Happy to talk about the connections there, tree! Just got distracted by the bigger idea.

    Obviously there’s many parallels: a marginalised people rising up for their independence, their legitimate desire for self-determination manipulated as a strategy of the jostlings of larger powers for whom a region is just a poker chip in the power play. In both stories the desert is essentially a character as well, an eternal force that looms over the plans of mere mortals.

    It’s not that LoA was the first big film set in the desert – Charlton Heston did plenty of desert in both Moses and Ben Hur, there’d been various WW1 and WW2 movies set in the desert, there’d been all those early harems in tents movies. But most of those films used sound stages, American only-just-desert and stock footage, and it just wasn’t the same.

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