14 Details Cinephiles Are Obsessed With Obsessing About

It just can’t be unseen. Join SONY in celebrating the small details that turn a movie into a FILM. And then go obsess about them.

1. Jump Cuts

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Cinephiles love: that bone shot at the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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2. Long Takes

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Cinephiles love: that Steadicam shot at the opening of Boogie Nights.

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3. Color Motifs


Cinephiles love: Traffic. Stephen Soderbergh’s work in differentiating Mexico from D.C. and California writes the rules of color.

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4. Match-on-Action

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Cinephiles love: any film edited with scissors.

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5. Breaking the 180° Line

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Cinephiles love: when everything flips in The Shining.

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6. Overactive Extras


Cinephiles love: the kid who plugs his ears before the gunshot in North by Northwest.

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7. Historical Inaccuracies


Cinephiles love: Braveheart. But they also love to talk about how inaccurate it is.

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8. Alternate Endings


Cinephiles love: Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ending in a giant pie fight. LOL “plot twist.”

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9. Co-Directors


Cinephiles love: the fact that Slumdog Millionaire is credited with two directors but only one of them won the Oscar.

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10. Voice Dubs


Cinephiles love: Samuel L. Jackson’s safe-for-TV dub, “I’ve had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane.”

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11. Diegetic Elements

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Cinephiles love: realizing that B&W is more than just a stylistic choice in Pleasantville.

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12. “Artful” Sex Scenes


Cinephiles love: sex as power in Basic Instinct.

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13. Loose Ends


Cinephiles love: philosophizing about how Andy covered the tunnel with his poster in The Shawshank Redemption.

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14. 35mm


Cinephiles hate: digital.

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Detail-obssessed? Take a close look at SONY’s personal 3-D viewer. It plays movies on your face.

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