|QUOTE (Otter @ Nov 8 2010, 18:06)|
|No, I think I get you. He was complaining about obvious cutaways to objects that will undoubtedly be used later in the story. This is less a case of Chekov's gun, and more a question of subtlety, I think. If we draw a comparison between the screen and the stage, a cut away or close up to said object in a film would be the equivalent of a character on the stage waving the object around in front of the audience.|
I see what you mean. But the question is, can you have that sort of subtlety in modern mainstream cinema? Look at Shutter Island where everything literally had to be explained to the viewer on a chalkboard.
The close-up isn't a subtle device for setting up the importance of an object by any means, but if it's any more subtle you're going to have a confused audience by the end of the movie. I think a better example would be a character that out of the blue mentions he's an excellent lock-pick in the beginning, and at the end gets everyone of the room with a bobby-pin and a nail file.