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modeled

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List a few films that you think have the most beautiful cinematography.

Tree of Life
clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28Mi6mUyKo

Dances with Wolves

Life in a Day (footage from regular people!)

The Fall

Jan 03 13 01:30 pm Link

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N Butler

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There Will Be Blood (Robert Elswit)
2001 and Cabaret (Geoffrey Unsworth).
Any Kubrick movie from Paths of Glory onward.
Bruno Delbonnel's work for Amelie was gorgeous, too.

Jan 03 13 01:41 pm Link

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modeled

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+1 for "there will be blood" i own and love the cinematography in that film!

Also Amelie, own that on dvd as well! Great selections, will definitely check out the other 2.

Jan 03 13 01:43 pm Link

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Jan 03 13 01:44 pm Link

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N Butler

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Oooh yeah, 2046 is a gorgeous looking film!

If you go the Kubrick route, don't miss Barry Lyndon.  I had that in my original response, but edited it out for some stupid reason.

Jan 03 13 01:47 pm Link

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Piscis Noctis

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N Butler wrote:
If you go the Kubrick route, don't miss Barry Lyndon.  I had that in my original response, but edited it out for some stupid reason.

For some reason, I haven't seen it, I should do a Kubrick cycle one of these days smile

Jan 03 13 01:50 pm Link

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N Butler

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Oh, it's *good*.   Prepare for 3 hours of historical drama and hilarity as Redmond Barry ascends the society's ladder and is laid low by his petty foibles!

Jan 03 13 01:53 pm Link

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scrymettet

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

Jan 03 13 01:56 pm Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

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This is my List of the Best Cinematography



Janusz Kamiński--Schindler's List & Saving Private Ryan... Won a Oscar for Both.

Allen Daviau---E.T. and Empire of the Sun

Vilmos  Zsigmond--Close Encounters of the Third Kind....Won a Oscar

Fred J. Keonecamp and Joe Biroc--- The Towering Inferno...Won an Oscar

Freddie Young...Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter....Won a Oscar

James Wong Howe...Hud.....Won a Oscar

Nicolas Roeg.....Walkabout

Robert Krasker... The Third Man....Won a Oscar

Gregg Toland.... Citizen Kane

Heskell Wexler....Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, and Bound for Glory....Won a Oscar

David Watkin....Out of Africa..Won a Oscar

Conrad Hall...American Beauty & Road to Perdition ...Won a Oscar

Geoffrey Unsworth....Superman

Dean Selmer....Dances with Wolves.. The Directors Cut...Won a Oscar

Tiwa Moeithaisong....Bangkok Love Story

Peter Pau....Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon....Oscar Winner

Jan 03 13 02:01 pm Link

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Syowa - permanent station of Japan, Sector claimed by Norway, Antarctica

House of Flying Daggers.

Jan 03 13 02:03 pm Link

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salvatori.

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Anything shot by:

Roger Deakins - works with the Coen Brothers,
Sven Nykvist - worked with Ingmar Berman and Woody Allen among others.

And yes, 'Barry Lyndon' by Kubrick - several scenes shot exclusively with candlelight.

Jan 03 13 02:04 pm Link

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Mortonovich

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Some cool suggestions here!!! Think I'll watch some movies tonight.

Jan 03 13 02:13 pm Link

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modeled

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ChiMo wrote:
Some cool suggestions here!!! Think I'll watch some movies tonight.

me too.  thanks to all who've taken the time to contribute!

Jan 03 13 02:32 pm Link

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scrymettet

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John Ford.
I don't know who made his images.

Jan 03 13 02:38 pm Link

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MN camera

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Days of Heaven

Dir: Terence Malick

DoP: Nestor Almendros

Jan 03 13 02:38 pm Link

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Mortonovich

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ChiMo wrote:
Some cool suggestions here!!! Think I'll watch some movies tonight.

modeled wrote:
me too.  thanks to all who've taken the time to contribute!

Hey, aren't you the guy that suggested "Pump Up the Volume" documentary?
(not cinematography related, but cool.)

Jan 03 13 02:46 pm Link

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billy badfinger

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"Girl with a Pearl Earring"...Eduardo Serra
It's a "kind of" story of J.Vermeer...a painter in the classic dutch style of Rembrandt.
Serra lit nearly every scene in that Rembrandt style...really beautiful to watch...
The movie itself is about a B+ IMO but just gorgeous to watch!

Serra also shot 2 of the Harry Potter films,Blood Diamond and Unbreakable...
plus around 60+ other films!!!

Jan 03 13 02:51 pm Link

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C A K E M I X

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Gryph wrote:
House of Flying Daggers.

+100

Jan 03 13 02:54 pm Link

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C A K E M I X

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modeled wrote:
List a few films that you think have the most beautiful cinematography.

Tree of Life
clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28Mi6mUyKo

Dances with Wolves

Life in a Day (footage from regular people!)

The Fall

Definetely tree of life, I was going to say that before I even looked past the thread title!

That and I love how kill bill 1 & 2 are filmed, and strangely enough inglorious basterds tongue

I also agree with amelie

Jan 03 13 02:57 pm Link

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hmm agree with DOUGLASFOTOS,  on Walkabout great movie.

I would add Chen Kaige's Life on a String, To Live and Farewell My Concubine

Akira Kurosowa -  Seven Samurai , Ran , Kagemusha , Yojimbo , The Hidden Fortress

Jacques Rivette- La Belle Noiseuse

Jean-Pierre Jaunet - A Very Long Engagement ( stars Audrey Tautou)

Claude Berri  - Manon des Sources ( the sequel to Jean de Florette and the one I prefer).

Patrice Leconte-  Girl on a bridge 

Studio Ghibli  . Grave of the Fireflies 

Mori Mozaki -  Barefoot Gen 1 and 2  one of the most moving films ever seen forgetting it is anime.

Pedro Almodovar -   Dark Habits , Tie Me Up -Tie Me Down , Volver, Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Broken Embraces.

My favourite

Luis Bunuel  :   The Discreet Charm of the  Bourgeoisie,  The Exterminating Angel,  Belle de Jour , That Obscure Object of Desire, Diary of A Chambermaid, Viridiana, Nazarin.

Jan 03 13 03:01 pm Link

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Stephen Dawson

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Probably not what many are thinking but I offer:

12 Angry Men

Cinematography     Boris Kaufman
Directed by     Sidney Lumet

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vm3-__5dnN0/TwIx9fbWtbI/AAAAAAAAA1c/wUdg_8OJax0/s1600/12_angry_men_group1.jpg

Jan 03 13 03:07 pm Link

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ChiMo wrote:

ChiMo wrote:
Some cool suggestions here!!! Think I'll watch some movies tonight.

Hey, aren't you the guy that suggested "Pump Up the Volume" documentary?
(not cinematography related, but cool.)

Yes!  Good memory.

Jan 03 13 03:33 pm Link

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The English Patient
Three Colors: Red
Cold Mountain
Witness

Three of those are John Seale.

Triumph of the Will.

The Natural

Jan 03 13 04:16 pm Link

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Tonic Dog Studios

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Depends on what you mean by cinematography.

Jan 03 13 04:21 pm Link

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MN camera wrote:
Days of Heaven

Dir: Terence Malick

DoP: Nestor Almendros

Don't forget Haskell Wexler credited as additional cinematographer for Days of Heaven

Studio36

Jan 03 13 04:52 pm Link

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Rudy Joggerst

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A lot of the films shot by Christopher Doyle are gorgeous to look at. He collaborated on most films by Wong Kar-wai. He did a terrific job on Last Life in the Universe by Pen-ek Ratanaruang which is a beautiful movie.

I love the look and moodiness of Michael Mann directed movies, in particular Miami Vice and Collateral (both filmed by Dion Beebe) and Heat and Manhunter (both filmed by Dante Spinotti).

Jan 03 13 04:55 pm Link

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Janusz Kaminski- War Horse
http://www.push-start.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/LR-warhorse3.jpg

Dante Spinotti - Heat
http://www.popcornreel.com/jpgimg/Blue2.jpg

Dante Spinotti - Last of The Mohicans
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0M50w4a067w/TWzVwI4jqeI/AAAAAAAAFUQ/x6sscGDt8Ik/s1600/the_last_of_the_mohicans.jpg

Jordan Cronenweth - Blade Runner
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SDFbhNrhDT0/TvoRURr8uFI/AAAAAAAAAXg/qbEMZt13FAU/s1600/bladerunner.jpg

Tonino Delli Colli - Once Upon A Time In America
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UQRupLFSO0g/UIM1Zu5k93I/AAAAAAAADbk/CEMjvw16w0E/s1600/once-upon-a-time-in-america.jpg

Gordon Willis - The Godfather Part 2
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101201171907/godfather/images/3/3c/Young_Vito.jpg

Jan 03 13 05:28 pm Link

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MN camera wrote:
Days of Heaven

Dir: Terence Malick

DoP: Nestor Almendros

any of mallick's films.

Jan 03 13 06:11 pm Link

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Shindler's List - A great movie made all that much better by the incredible cinematography

Jan 03 13 06:14 pm Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

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Instinct Images wrote:
Shindler's List - A great movie made all that much better by the incredible cinematography

I don't remember that film...But I do remember Schindler's List

It was done by Spielberg's Director of Photography....Janusz Kamiński


Spielberg and Kaminski...have a great relationship...they never discuss future projects. Kaminski has said in interviews..that Spielberg will call him about a couple of months he decides to shoot a film and says..it is about time to shoot a film. Kaminski says that they only discuss the project a few weeks out...and only on the set...they come up with multi ideas and set ups.

Jan 03 13 06:20 pm Link

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Kincaid Blackwood

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Holy resize your photos, Batman!!



Personally I'm a fan of Domino and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Jan 03 13 06:32 pm Link

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scrymettet

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Chaplin - the dictator

Jan 03 13 06:38 pm Link

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The Longest Day

Attack On Casino by British Forces.

This has got to be the most awesome 1.5 minutes of pure adrenalin of a cinematography

---No cuts, for over 1 minute and 20 seconds.
---No CGI, there wasn't one, when they made this.
---Pure choreographic brilliance or every actor and every extra.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzd1gCc5CO8

http://www.celluloidheroreviews.com/images/the-longest-day-4.jpg

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Jan 03 13 11:09 pm Link

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udor

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House of Flying Daggers

Jan 03 13 11:26 pm Link

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Mortonovich

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Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
The Longest Day

Attack On Casino by British Forces.

This has got to be the most awesome 1.5 minutes of pure adrenalin of a cinematography

---No cuts, for over 1 minute and 20 seconds.
---No CGI, there wasn't one, when they made this.
---Pure choreographic brilliance or every actor and every extra.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzd1gCc5CO8

http://www.celluloidheroreviews.com/images/the-longest-day-4.jpg

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WOW !!!!!
That must have take some serious rehearsing!!!

Jan 03 13 11:27 pm Link

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udor

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Gryph wrote:
House of Flying Daggers.

A L L A N A H III wrote:
+100

Yes!

Jan 03 13 11:28 pm Link

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Some of my favorites are...

Sunshine (AMAZING soundtrack as well and good movie to watch)

http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/images/film/sunshine/w448/sunshine.jpg?1289435238

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Henry Ford

http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/images/film/the-assassination-of-jesse-james-by-the-coward-robert-ford/w448/the-assassination-of-jesse-james-by-the-coward-robert-ford.jpg?1289432077

Apocalypse Now

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/images/apocalypse_now_napalm.jpg

The Dark Knight

http://acephalous.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c2df453ef0120a7d041ec970b-500wi

Inception

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NNW_E9LCtxw/TCCQksY-MMI/AAAAAAAABoI/pT9IBf9O_WU/s1600/inception30.jpg

Silence of the Lambs

http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/HannibalBloodyFace.jpg

Moulin Rouge

http://wodumedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Nicole-Kidman-as-Satine-1900-Pariss-most-famous-star-and-highest-paid-courtesan-in-20th-Century-Foxs-Moulin-Rouge-2001-0.jpg

28 Days Later

http://strategical.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/28_days_later1.jpg

Saving Private Ryan

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--85HcBXx7ZU/TZO2GAgqfNI/AAAAAAAAA_c/V-ALmFQnGTs/s1600/saving-private-ryan-hanks.jpg

Band of Brothers

http://michaelvankerckhove.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/band_of_brothers_still02.jpg

Jan 04 13 02:28 am Link

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Jules NYC

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Mulholland Drive by David Lynch comes to mind.

Jan 04 13 02:29 am Link

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Michael Bots

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Heaven's Gate     Beautifully filmed  but "so so" movie

trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIXzHaNrjLU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iN9Dc_M2_s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven's_Gate_(film)


Time Has Been Kind to ‘Heaven’s Gate’
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/movie … d=all&_r=0

"Mr. Cimino was candid about the psychic toll of “Heaven’s Gate.” “I’ve had enough rejection for 33 years,” he said. “I don’t need more. Being infamous is not fun. It becomes a weird kind of occupation in and of itself.”"

"Mr. Kristofferson, sounding more rueful than bitter, said that the reception to “Heaven’s Gate” knocked him off the Hollywood A-list for good. “I never really recovered from that,” he said, but he acknowledged that it was worse for Mr. Cimino. “It completely destroyed him.”"



http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/09/23/arts/23CIMINO1_SPAN/23CIMINO1_SPAN-articleLarge.jpg

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Ingmar Bergman "Persona"
Akira Kurosawa especially "Ran"

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