LITTLE WORLDS - Celebrating my 9th year of writing about movies.
Wow, you aren't kidding - those are some beautiful shots!
Thanks for visiting. The thing about matte paintings is that you can see they're not real but they lend an otherworldly quality to a film. The matte paintings in King Kong (1933 - of course) are also very memorable.
Agreed about the way the backdrops contribute to the film's unique atmosphere: it wouldn't be quite the same, somehow, if they'd actually shot on location.The matte paintings in the film were mostly created by blowing up black and white photos and then coloring them with pastel chalks. These are some of my favorite matte shots, right up there with the best ones that Hitchcock used in The Birds and Marnie.
Thanks for the comment and for the information about how the mattes were done. I love the matte shots in Hitchcock films. The matte shot of the mission with the tower added on in Vertigo is chilling. In Marnie I remember the grim harborside set is especially atmospheric.
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