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Variations on the A-Frame

Posted by Joshua Glenn  May 22, 2008 10:37 AM

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Regarding the A-Frame Design Virus, Mark B. asks:

Are there also "V-Frame" shots -- subject on back, framing legs in the air, sort of a gynecological stirrups POV? Nothing comes to mind. But I feel like this must have been used by some Italian sex comedy in the Sixties, at the very least. Also, would the "Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?" shot be a "lowercase t"?

I don't know the answer to the first question. I'm going to look into this.

As for the famous "Graduate" still..


Yes, I guess that's a "t."

Interestingly, I found what I think is the original "Graduate" poster. So what is that? It's an A-Frame, I guess, but a horizontal and one-legged one!

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5 comments so far...
  1. Lewis Morley's photograph of Christine Keeler over an Arne Jacobson chair? Does that count? certainly it's iconic in Britain . . .

    Posted by Dan Visel May 22, 08 11:54 AM
  1. This might not be quite what you're looking for...www.solaceincinema.com

    Posted by Peter Keough May 22, 08 12:53 PM
  1. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/34/CKeeler1.jpg

    Here's the Keeler photo. Thanks, Dan!

    Peter, I'm not sure what I should be looking for on the site you mention.

    Posted by Josh Glenn May 23, 08 07:57 AM
  1. Sorry. Try this: http://www.fompy.net/fompy/images/2008/01/13/no_country_for_old_men_boots.jpg

    Posted by Peter Keough May 23, 08 11:08 AM
  1. Here's another from "Dead Ringers"

    Posted by Peter Keough May 23, 08 11:18 AM
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