Orson Welles and the Angenieux 18.5mm
Fascinating interview with Welles about his obsessive use of Angenieux's 18.5mm lens, reproduced from Cahiers Du Cinema in 'Film and Digital Times'.
In its day this was a very wide prime lens and Welles saw this as a 'modern' perspective, a way of seeing, untapped by his film-making contemporaries. Welles seems less interested in debating the conceptual possibilities of shooting wide and close, or of the particular qualities of this piece of glass. He is more honest perhaps about its Newness. An optical difference which gave him an almost territorial edge to those around him.
Having shot entire pieces on 32mm/35mm focal lengths I think there is something to be said for an optical singularity... for the need to move your audience physically closer or further away through a scene.