Just watched Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Regent Square Theater. The film has tons of bicycles in it and a hilarious background tracking shot with the protagonists “walking” a bicycle down a city street. See the (in)action here! (starts @ 3:10 in)
I’m not sure that’s a visual effect. Looks more like a moving platform to me.
(And technically it would have been a blue screen in that era. Green didn’t arrive until digital compositing; in 1964 they were still using optical printers for visual effects of this sort.)
But however it was made, I agree that it’s a weird shot. A YouTube commenter says it “captures the feeling of ‘walking on air’ as lovers often feel, and allows us to? completely focus on their emotions rather than the physical action”. But it just made me focus on the weird physical action.
Thanks for posting this. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and I’d entirely forgotten that the memorable song in the scene was from that film.
That clip was amazing, if a little difficult to watch. I’ve always heard about that film, but I’ve never seen it, I would probably not, of my own free will, see a tragic French opera put on film. It seems like something I “should” see.
It might be interesting to see this new one, “Potiche”, as a bookend or antidote to “Umbrellas”.
That clip was amazing, if a little difficult to watch
Visually, it’s not one of the more interesting scenes, despite the strangeness of it. The art direction of the colors and costumes is pretty mind blowing throughout, especially some of the interior shots. Total geek out for people who are interested in basic color theory from a art + design perspective.
Blue and green are both used because they’re farthest from white peoples (pale orangey) skin tone on the color wheel & therefore easiest to separate photographically. Digital cameras pick up the greens best & analog cameras did better with the blues.