Bazinian Realism Examples

The Concept of Depth of Field

Shallow Focus

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Lytro Examples

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Coach Saban statue

William Wyler

Deep Focus

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The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946).
Discussed in Bazin's "The Evolution of Film Language," pp. 40-42. View video clip.

Additional examples from Wyler and Orson Welles.


Jean Renoir

The Crime of M. Lange (1935)

Batala's Death Lateral Camera Movement: Batala's death is announced. See a video clip from this scene.
Lateral Camera Movement and Composition in Depth: After a complicated crane shot, the billboard is removed from Charles' window and Estelle is brought to him from across the courtyard. See frame grabs and video clip from this scene. Crime of M. Lange
Batala's Death Lateral Camera Movement: Batala's death scene -- see frame grabs and video clip from this scene. Bazin's diagram: Bazin diagram of Crime of M. Lange shot
Source: Bazin, André. "The Era of the Popular Front." In Jean Renoir, pp. 36-52. Edited and with an introduction by Francois Truffaut. Translated by W. W. Halsey II and William H. Simon. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1973.

Grand Illusion (1937)

View video clip: "La Marseillaise".

Deep Focus and Composition in Depth: Note guards in the foreground. Grand Illusion screen shot
Grand Illusion screen shot

Grand Illusion screen shot
Shallow Focus and Composition in Depth: Boildeau comments on marching soldiers in the first frame. Renoir keeps them visible through the window in the second frame. The marching soldiers are slightly out of focus.

Rules of the Game (1939)

Marceau and Lisette flirt in the kitchen. Note the space visible in the background.

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Composition in Depth: Lisette's husband, Schumacher, enters from the background.

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The masquerade sequence: composition in depth again, as Renoir blocks the action in the background and foreground.

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click for larger image Christine and St. Aubin enter a room in the background while Octave (in bear suit) looks on.
click for larger image St. Aubin tells Octave to get lost. The dancing skeletons are barely visit in the background--through two doorways.
click for larger image André searches for Christine as Schumacher (behind him) and Lisette look for Marceau. Note Octave, in bear suit, in the background where he's speaking with St. Aubin in the room where Christine is hiding.

Composition in depth and Auteurism's defining moment (according to Andrew Sarris):

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Rules of the Game


Other Examples of Lateral Camera Movement

Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)

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Touch of Evil

Honda "Cog" Commercial (2003)

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Honda - The Cog

OK Go, "This Too Shall Pass" (2010, director: James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs)

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La La Land (2016) Director: Damien Chazelle, cinematographer: Linus Sandgren

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La La Land video clip

 


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