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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21989

Portland, Oregon, US

Forget plot.  Forget acting. 

What is the most beautifully photographed movie of all time?



My opinion:

Honorable Mention:  Dr. Zhivago  &  Lawrence of Arabia

The Winner:  House of Flying Daggers
   Every scene is beautifully lit with soft, diffused lighting.  Much of the
   film was photographed outdoors, during that 3 day period in Autumn
   when the fall colors were at their peak.  It was amazingly beautiful.

Jun 13 13 09:25 am Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

IMO, Amelie.

I did actually like House of Flying Daggers also, but maybe because I've watched it so often, Amelie sticks out most vividly.

Jun 13 13 09:30 am Link

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Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3395

Lodi, California, US

some that comes to mind is "The Last of the Mohicans"
and "The Searchers"

Jun 13 13 09:31 am Link

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Vintagevista

Posts: 11155

Sun City, California, US

Eyes Wide Shut.

I watch it with the sound off - Tom Cruise and everyone else talking - just ruins it.

But, God, it's beautiful to look at..

Jun 13 13 09:33 am Link

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RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2489

Brooklyn, New York, US

What dreams may come
Shot on Velvia

"About the best thing I can say about What Dreams May Come is that it is beautiful. Shot on Fuji Velvia film for enhanced color saturation, the visions of the Great Beyond's brighter points are truly Elysian. Rolling hills, majestic mountains, fields of wonder - if there is an afterlife, please let it be this. Hell, on the other hand, gives Dante a run for his money. Screaming lost souls, begging for relief to the pain they themselves caused... it would be very affecting if it were part of a different movie. - See more at: http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/What … HSawX.dpuf"

Jun 13 13 09:38 am Link

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Model Sarah

Posts: 39458

Columbus, Ohio, US

Jun 13 13 09:38 am Link

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Srefis Limited

Posts: 960

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Model Sarah wrote:
The Fountain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAuxryJ6pv8

Fully agree.

The Fountain

Jun 13 13 09:39 am Link

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Model Sarah

Posts: 39458

Columbus, Ohio, US

Srefis Limited wrote:
Fully agree.

The Fountain

I didn't even have to think about it, this was the first movie that I thought of. Every aspect of that film is beautiful. It's just amazing to watch.

Jun 13 13 09:43 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21989

Portland, Oregon, US

RacerXPhoto wrote:
What dreams may come

I thought about that film -- some of the dream sequences were quite beautiful & moving, but it wasn't consistently beautiful from beginning to end.


Any votes for "A River Runs Through It" or "The Natural"?

Jun 13 13 09:49 am Link

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Eastfist

Posts: 3552

Green Bay, Wisconsin, US

Baraka - Technically, not a movie, but as far as documentaries go, the scale and vision of it is epic and the IMAX size format really enhances it

Jun 13 13 09:50 am Link

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sdgillis

Posts: 2453

Portland, Oregon, US

maybe not the best, but I did really like the compositional scenes of Valhalla Rising.

Jun 13 13 09:54 am Link

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SME

Posts: 21285

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

For me, it's Mira Nair's 'The Namesake.'  It was heavily influenced by photography, so I suppose it's no surprise that it appealed to me, but I just thought it was visually incredible.

Jun 13 13 10:07 am Link

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Brian Diaz

Posts: 63556

Danbury, Connecticut, US

Damon Banner wrote:
IMO, Amelie.

Good call.

Jun 13 13 10:16 am Link

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Brian Diaz

Posts: 63556

Danbury, Connecticut, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
The Winner:  House of Flying Daggers

Along those lines, don't miss Hero with Jet Li.

Jun 13 13 10:32 am Link

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Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2605

Torrance, California, US

Some of my favorites...

Ashes & Snow
The Assassination of Jesse James (by the coward Robert Ford)
Saving Private Ryan
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Life of Pi
The Tree of Life
Blade Runner
Apocalypse Now
Se7en
Sunshine

Jun 13 13 10:33 am Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 36973

Columbus, Ohio, US

Jeremiah Johnson

Jun 13 13 10:41 am Link

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Gallery-MG

Posts: 83

Arlington, Virginia, US

Tree of Life.  Story was odd, but the imagery was amazing.

Jun 13 13 10:50 am Link

Clothing Designer

GRMACK

Posts: 2441

Bakersfield, California, US

"The Man From Snowy River" (origional).

Now I have to go watch "The Fountain" to see what the fuss is about.

Jun 13 13 10:54 am Link

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nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

hellboy 2.

Jun 13 13 11:05 am Link

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Timm

Posts: 2677

Kenosha, Wisconsin, US

The Fall

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/26/Fall_ver2.jpg/215px-Fall_ver2.jpg

Jun 13 13 11:14 am Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

Posts: 8733

Los Angeles, California, US

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=873889

My from that post..still stand...

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17883601

And add...César Charlone..City of God

Jun 13 13 11:21 am Link

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Paul Tirado Photography

Posts: 4270

New York, New York, US

Days of Heaven by Terrence Malick. Sort of like if Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper did cinematography. Mostly natural light shot at peak of golden hour so some days they only shot 20 minutes. Cinematography by Néstor Almendros.

Jun 13 13 11:23 am Link

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SME

Posts: 21285

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Oh!  I can't believe I forgot this one!

The Warrior's Way is visually fantastic, and not like anything else I've ever seen.  I think I'm the only person who liked it, but I'm okay with that!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mgyYTW2w19c/TK0HX3rKSdI/AAAAAAAAJqA/F6VmmidkGHI/s1600/thewarriorsway-image.jpg

Jun 13 13 11:39 am Link

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BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14767

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Babette's Feast
Chocolat
Amelie
Cinema Paradiso
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring

And others.

Jun 13 13 11:44 am Link

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Anthony Gordon

Posts: 458

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

How Much Do You Love Me?
(original title) "Combien tu m'aimes?" 

Every scene was like a well thought out photo shoot...

Oblivion - I gave the movie a personal 5 out of 10, cause the CGI and photography was breathtaking, especially the scenes aboard the floating observatory, while the acting got a different reaction from me. It takes a lot to make Morgan Freeman look mediocre as an actor and they accomplished it...

Jun 13 13 11:46 am Link

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bgcfoto

Posts: 5443

Largo, Florida, US

2046

Jun 13 13 11:58 am Link

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Bluefire

Posts: 10896

Tawas City, Michigan, US

Cherrystone wrote:
Jeremiah Johnson

Agreed about J.J. smile In Utah, IMHO, Stevie Wonder could photograph a beautiful movie. If you get to Sundance, check out the Tree Room and surrounding settings.

Add 'Somewhere in Time' for period authenticity and emotive visuals.

Jun 13 13 12:01 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32385

Poulsbo, Washington, US

Days of Heaven. (Already mentioned.) Semi-terrible movie beautifully shot.

Man From Snowy River (already mentioned).

The Thin Red Line.

A lot of John Ford movies shot in Monument Valley.

Jun 13 13 12:03 pm Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1252

Duluth, Georgia, US

To me, it's Blade Runner.

Jun 13 13 12:11 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32385

Poulsbo, Washington, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
Any votes for "A River Runs Through It" or "The Natural"?

Here's a vote for each of them.

Jun 13 13 12:25 pm Link

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maso-arts

Posts: 1113

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

The Last Emperor, cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.

ETA: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093389/

Jun 13 13 12:37 pm Link

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Little Queenie

Posts: 6213

Indio, California, US

Timm wrote:
The Fall

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/26/Fall_ver2.jpg/215px-Fall_ver2.jpg

Totally. Probably the most beautiful movie I've ever seen.

Jun 13 13 12:49 pm Link

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Kelleth

Posts: 2531

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Samsara.

Jun 13 13 01:02 pm Link

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sospix

Posts: 21531

Orlando, Florida, US

What Dreams May Come  .  .  .  well, maybe the best assembled images, I'm pretty sure not too many of those locales were in the "real" world  .  .  . 

http://sorcerersworkshop.org/sales/ban_whatdreamsmaycomescenic.JPG

SOS

Jun 13 13 01:46 pm Link

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Brooks Ayola

Posts: 9737

Chatsworth, California, US

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.

Jun 13 13 01:48 pm Link

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BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14767

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

http://markgordonmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ThePillowBookMoviePoster.jpg

Jun 13 13 01:51 pm Link

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Austin IMagemaker

Posts: 7779

Austin, Texas, US

That would be "Animal House."

Jun 13 13 01:56 pm Link

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nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

Sita Mae wrote:
The Warrior's Way is visually fantastic, and not like anything else I've ever seen.  I think I'm the only person who liked it, but I'm okay with that!

a collaborator mentioned this one to me. i was put off by the reviews and forgot about it.  thanks for the 2nd opinion.

Jun 13 13 02:12 pm Link

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nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

also, this one is worth checking out just for the photography.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/08/Is_anybody_there_poster.jpg

Jun 13 13 02:15 pm Link

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m_s_photo

Posts: 604

Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada

"The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover" or "Drowning by Numbers" or "Prospero's Books" or any other film by Peter Greenaway. No contest.

Jun 13 13 02:21 pm Link