Sunday 23 June 2024

Passage To Marseille 1944

There is almost every kind of miniature effect in this film, from a model ship to model aircraft and a miniature train. There is also a slightly odd sequence featuring a miniature farm with moving miniature cows, agricultural machinery and a car that travels along a road. In fact you can just make out the slot in the road that controlled the model car as it was pulled along under the set.

The miniatures were supervised by Jack Cosgrove who was responsible for the miniature effects for Action in the North Atlantic only a year before. It has many of the same features as the earlier film in that the model ship appears to have been shot at sea with a real horizon and the explosions are augmented by large camera shaking added later via the optical printer.

Typically for the period quite a number of the miniature shots appear as rear projected backgrounds for the live action.

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