Wednesday, May 18, 2011

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Tarzan the Ape Man


This week on Hit me with your best shot is an old film (Tarzan the Ape Man) that reminds us how much the film industry has developed. For someone who grew up in the CGI generation, the unashamed use of rear projection of pre-filmed footage was really amusing to me. Cinephiles like to praise black and white, but I think this film would have been more awesome in color. The film was a fun romp through the jungle and my best shot this week relates to the beginning of Jane's adventure. My favourite shot(below), is when Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) falls off the "Mutia escarpment". It was so unexpected, it made my heart skip a beat! From then on, Jane constantly finds herself in trouble as she encounters all the dangers of the jungle, including lions, apes and dwarfs! Talk about a damsel in distress!

Click below for my favourite shot...


5 comments:

  1. awesome choice. I had forgotten practically everything about this movie (which i haven't seen since i was like 5) and this part... i love the hokey old visual effects.

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  2. LOVE that scene too! I think there are cliff scenes in all the Tarzan movies with Weismuller. This one made my heart skip a beat. Awesome effects for such an early flick.

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  3. That shot actually reminded me of the cliff in Black Narcissus, the fact that it looks painted in yet convincingly dangerous.

    Why and where there'd be rock formations like that I'd never know.

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  4. Agreed. despite the visual effects I was really convinced. Looked so precarious and I wondered why on earth they would be trying to climb this! Guess they really wanted that ivory

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