I was just watching Alexander Nevsky (1938 - three years before Kane, and thus presaging the entire body of work of Welles) the other day, and couldn't help noticing Eisenstein's recurring composition of a figure or line of figures down the bottom of the frame, with a massive sky filling the rest of the frame - and couldn't help thinking of Welles, particularly in Othello and Chimes.
Perhaps for both men it was a practical matter - if you shoot that much sky, you can compensate for your lack of a sizeable army/or sets in the case of the opening sequence of Othello. But it is so beautiful in all three movies, that i figured that it had to be primarily a stylistic choice. Had anyone else noticed this big sky composition, and the connection with Welles?
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