Review: ‘The Naked Eye’

The Naked Eye is aptly subtitled a film about the fun and art of photography. Millions of shutterbugs also will find it an engrossing 71 minutes of what can be done with photography, both from the examples of the artists shown and from the equally outstanding production-photography job done by Louis Clyde Stoumen.

The Naked Eye is aptly subtitled a film about the fun and art of photography. Millions of shutterbugs also will find it an engrossing 71 minutes of what can be done with photography, both from the examples of the artists shown and from the equally outstanding production-photography job done by Louis Clyde Stoumen.

Stoumen uses a unique technique he calls photographic animation, along with live action documentary filming, to impart action to stills. Abetting this feeling of movement is an extremely good narration job by Raymond Massey and a most effective background score by Elmer Bernstein.

Footage covers the history of photography, without getting uninterestingly academic, while concentrating on several notable examples of the photographic art, each with story narrative to hold the interest.

The Naked Eye

Production

Camera Eye. Director Louis Clyde Stoumen, W.S. Van Dyke; Producer Louis Clyde Stoumen; Screenplay Louis Clyde Stoumen; Camera Louis Clyde Stoumen, Benjamin Doniger; Editor Louis Clyde Stoumen; Music Elmer Bernstein

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 71 MIN.

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