Google Earth Movies consists in a series of interactive adaptations of emblematic sequences extracted from famous movies, recreated and played in Google Earth.
In this visualization software, which allows exploring the 3D world from many satellite sources - topographical and weather satellites - the original video camera movements are precisely transcribed in the original filming location and with the original soundtrack synchronized. Moreover, the software being interactive, a joystick may be used to manipulate the camera during the reading to observe the whole screen out landscape.
The objectivation operated by Google Earth, presenting ghostly worlds emptied from any characters, allows to be focused on the framing and the editing of these well-known movies haunting our imagination. Putting these narrative sequences back in context establishes a true bridge between these cinematographic, physical and virtual spaces. The spectator is freed from the frame and from the territory; he is given a new space of time, a sort of intimate screen out, interrogating its link to the real and to fiction.
Google Earth Movies contains ten scenes (length: 23'50'') taken from : The Shining, Stanley Kubrick (1980) - West Side Story, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins
(1960) - Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola (1979) - Jaws, Steven Spielberg
(1975) - Fellini Roma, Federico Fellini (1972) - Rocky, John G. Avildsen (1976) - Blow Up,
Michelangelo Antonioni (1966) - Once upon a time in America, Sergio Leone (1984) -
Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper (1969)- Les Quatre Cents Coups, François Truffaut (1959)