Given that The Rum Diary is on my mind, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of retro cameras that pop up in the movie. Johnny Depp’s character Paul Kemp slings this camera on his shoulder and uses it to take pictures of Puerto Rican life at the beginning of the movie.
Sala (Michael Rispoli) takes his new roommate Kemp to a cock-fighting match. For a while Kemp takes some pictures of the fighting which itself reminded me of the dog fighting scenes in Amores Perros. Slowly, Kemp slips out of the screaming yelling crowd and seeks out real shots of Puerto Rican life. It’s grimy, dirty, poverty-ridden but real. In contrast, when Kemp is in postcard perfect paradise, Sanderson’s (Aaron Eckhart) private beach or his party, Kemp seems only half interested. The moments when Kemp is alone with his camera he seems alive. It’s this solitary excursion that later helps him to make up his mind about the stand that he will take. The camera is
I think either a Pentax or a Contax 1958 Nikon S3 rangefinder or a Kiev 4A. ( Cameraphiles: if you can identify the camera without any doubt, please leave a note and I will update the post. UPDATE: See the comments section. Thanks Akshay Bhoan and Horst Tappert [If this is your real name.])
The second camera that briefly flashes before our eyes is the one that Sala uses to take a prank picture of Moberg (Giovani Ribisi) tearing out the editor Edward J. Lotterman’s wig. It’s big and unwiedly but definitely catches our eye. (
Cameraphiles: if you can identify this camera, please leave a comment. And I will update the post. UPDATE: See the comments section. This camera has been identified as a Speedgraphic by Akshay Bhoan.)
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