Funny Faces and the Art of Composition
boblipton from New York City
15 February 2010
Although D.W. Griffith is usually described as the man who invented
film grammar, in reality most of his work was in the line of
regularizing it. Most of the groundwork had been laid in the previous
decade by Englishman George Albert Smith who later went into the color
motion picture business with Kinemacolour.
However, before he could invent film cutting, he first had to deal with
the details of motion and, in particular, with the motion of the human
face and here he has produced a lovely little study of Tom Green, a
well-known music hall performer of the era, as he sits, drinking a beer
and telling a story. Entertaining in its own right, it is also
tremendous advance for the era: an extended medium close-up.
Add another review