RLC-GTT wrote:When Billy turns around from the palisade during the battle and yells "Behind us!" and it cuts to his P.O.V. of Mexicans inside the north wall. He is in fact looking in the correct direction based on the set, but I know (what normal folks don't) that the real Crockett in that position would be looking right square into an 18 foot high wall, and it catches me off guard every time.
"...looking right square into an 18 foot high wall..."
Hummm...Ya don't think the real Crockett could see the northwest battery and some of the north wall with the soldado's coming in "like sheep"?
Von Schmidt, and Lemon views from the artillery piece at the palisade show the northwest battery and north wall as Crockett would have seen it...the third is from the mural (don't know the artist) from Travis's northwest gun position at the Wayneamo (kinda like the Alamo viewpoint)...you can see the palisade between the low barracks and the long barracks..
Well no, Marty, he could not see the north wall from the middle
of the palisade, where the emplacement was located. He could see the N.W. battery peeking around the corner of the long barrack, but no further to the right. Von Schmidt and Lemon forgive me, but they were using artistic license. And the Laurence Golbey painting is replicating a movie still from John Wayne's The Alamo
of the set at Alamo Village, not the real Alamo.
But that wasn't my point. I was talking about where Billy is looking
when he delivers his line, not what he might
be able to see from there.
The camera is aimed straight at the inside of the palisade and Billy looks off-screen left. On the set, this was correct. He was looking directly at Travis' cannon ramp in the middle of the north wall, where the north end was filling up with soldados
. But at the real Alamo, that look would have been aimed at the filled-in gate in the connecting wall between the long barrack and the church.
I am in error however by saying that the movie then cut to his point-of-view. It does not. But look at that very next shot, a wider one. He is still looking in the same direction as in the closer shot and runs in that direction before he veers further to his right toward the church barricade.