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Lighting in Billard Room


In the scene where Mary goes to tell Byron that Claire is pregnant... Has anyone else noticed that the Billard Room has modern lighting? They didn't even try and hide it by using high angles or anything... You can clearly see the lightbulbs in the lamps hanging over the table.

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Actually, this was mid-June of 1816: the historic visit to the Villa Diodati in Colgny on Lake Geneva during the "Year Without a Summer". Gas lamps were not yet common, even among the wealthy, until a decade later.

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Exactly. The unbelievably sloppy set-work in this film is distressing. Electric lighting is visible in other scenes as well, as well as modern stairway design, etc. Clothing is also an issue. This is like a student film project, not a "film" with the stars that Gothic includes.

Such a great topic -- and such a cheap, crude treatment of it.

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or it is simply anachronism. movies don't have to be realistic, you know.

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>>>or it is simply anachronism. movies don't have to be realistic, you know.

Yeah, we know what anachronism is Ebert. We're just saying this particular one was a harsher speedbump than usual. The movie is still more that fun tho'.

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Honestly, I can't say I noticed it until you pointed it out. Doesn't really bother me, it's still one of my favorite movies...

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Man, would I love to have a letterboxed edition of Gothic! I'll have to look on Amazon UK and possibly import it. Any extras on it?

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I saw this film on TV the other night and I must have seen it about 5 or 6 times over the years - I've always loved Ken Russell's work (Lair of the White Worn rocks!!) and this one was my favorite! What a great cast!

But for the first time last nite I too noticed the light bulbs in the billiard room - and they were not gas - which was not of the time period anyway.

Kinda strange - but I figured it was just another Ken Russell mind-you-know-what
and went with the flow!

Yes it is at times campy and certainly over the top - but the visuals are great, the cast brilliant and it made me smile seeing the very, very young Natasha Richardson in this as well - what a lovely and amazing actress she was!

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