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Soft Focus in Spike Lee's Malcolm X

by Christine Acham

In this scene from Spike Lee's Malcolm X, cinematographer Ernest Dickerson makes use of soft focus to create a dream like quality. This is scene in opposition to the harsh opening of the film which used the footage from the Rodney King beating.

Soft Focus in Spike Lee's Malcolm X

The first scene after the Rodney King/Malcolm X speech opening montage. Shows the use of soft focus.

from Malcolm X (1992)
Creator: Spike Lee
Distributor: 40 Acres and a Mule
Posted by Christine Acham