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October 29, 2006

Raiders of the Lost Ark - 7

I was on the ride for this at Disneyland about 10 years ago, but have only now seen the film. A while it is a genre film (read Jason's defense of genre), it is a great use of the action/adventure prototype to tell an interesting story. This film is also a collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. It shows. They realize that film's greatest feature is its ability to catch light. They use this in spectacular fashion and it actually makes the film better. The interplay of light and shadow is evident in most every shot. The story works too becuase one can suspend disbelief long enough to cheer on Indiana as he takes down the Nazi's single-handedly and gets the girl. A fun and entertaining film.

1 comment:

John said...

Great film. Suprised you have only just had the opportunity to enjoy it. The use of shadow in the Indian Jones trilogy really sets it apart from many other films in its genre (national treasure, sahara, et.)