Memorable Shot #1: “In Harm’s Way” (dir. Preminger, 1965)

The opening shot of Otto Preminger’s 1965 World War II film In Harm’s Way, starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. The film revolves around a group of naval officers following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The film itself is hit and miss, but in this long opening shot Preminger sets up several issues that are at play throughout the film (including Kirk Douglas’ issues with his wife’s implied infidelity), not to mention a very smart way of conveying the film’s setting and time period.

DP Loyal Griggs was nominated for a very well deserved Academy Award for Best Black & White Cinematography, but lost out to Ernest Lazlo for his work on the Lee Marvin starring Ship of Fools.

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