klieg light

\ ˈklēg- How to pronounce klieg light (audio) \
variants: or kleig light

Definition of klieg light

: a carbon arc lamp used especially in making motion pictures

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During the concert scenes — which amount to only about 15% of the film — only a klieg light separates Dylan from the stark black backdrop of each venue. Eric Harvey, Los Angeles Times, "Remember rock stars? With Bob Dylan and ‘Dont Look Back,’ D.A. Pennebaker invented the ideal," 4 Aug. 2019 Marin goes big — her circusy, outdoor commemoration with troops in formation, tricolor flags, and nighttime klieg lights recall Fellini, Miklos Jancso, Leni Riefenstahl, even D. W. Griffith. Armond White, National Review, "Radu Jude’s Barbarians Is the Most Daring Movie of the Year," 17 July 2019 Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Robert Mitchum, Liberace, Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra were among the many stars memorably caught in Confidential’s leering klieg lights. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Confidential Confidential’ Review: All the Sleaze Fit to Print," 25 Oct. 2018 Matters only get worse when the searching klieg light of fame lands not on Devin but on poor Addison. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Survivors and Strivers," 18 Oct. 2018 There is a photo of a young, crew-cut boxer about to start his walk down the dark alley to the klieg lights of the ring. Gordon Marino, WSJ, "‘Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs’ Review: A Ringside View of Humanity," 3 Oct. 2018 In that era, that scene served as a quasi-moral counterweight — sometimes implicit, sometimes explicit — to the mainstream wing of the genre, just then arriving into the pop klieg lights. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 4 Apr. 2018 As the wedding approached, British newspapers swung the klieg lights of their attention to Ms. Markle’s estranged half siblings, who said scathing things about a bride whom few Britons knew. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns," 19 May 2018 Battle Vaughan Miami Herald File Charlie organized a spectacular opening night complete with red carpets, klieg lights, antique cars — and a public appearance of Arnaz's divorced parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Steve Rothaus, miamiherald, "At last, the story is now all about late 'legendary press agent' Charlie Cinnamon," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of klieg light

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klieg light

John H. Kliegl †1959 & Anton T. Kliegl †1927 German-born American lighting experts

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