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iW’s Video of the Day: Malcolm McDowell Breathes & Jack Nicholson Smiles in Kubrick GIFs

iW's Video of the Day: Malcolm McDowell Breathes & Jack Nicholson Smiles in Kubrick GIFs

Be prepared to be awestruck. With “The Lion King” (and every other film marketed towards children and meatheads) getting a 3D release and endless promises to one-up the cinematic gimmicks of William Castle, it’s always nice to be reminded that technology can enhance our filmgoing experiences.

Gustaf Mantel, who maintains a tumblr site called if we don’t, remember me, is profiled on the Fast Company Design blog for his manipulations of Stanley Kubrick scenes into animated gifs. These gifs, called cinemagraphs, are unlike the frame-by-frame recreations that have become memes of late (see here for a wall of Ryan Gosling gifs here if you’re unfamiliar).

Mantel’s gifs isolate a small portion of a scene — a gesture, a moving object easily overlooked — and forces the viewer to focus on the power of that moment. And when the movement is produced by an actor as powerful as Jack Nicholson or Malcolm McDowell, the affective power of the image is startling.

This species of gifs, Fast Company tells us, was created by the photographer Jamie Beck and motion artist Kevin Burg; Mantel has adapted their practice to pre-existing film clips on his blog. For more information on how to make your own cinemagraphs, see Christopher Mathew Burt’s post here.

Malcolm McDowell in “A Clockwork Orange”:

Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”:

And a bonus one from the tumblr, from “Psycho”:

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