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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,454
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  Quote 
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Damon Banner
Posts: 85,066
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  Quote 
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Motordrive Photography
Posts: 2,094
Lodi, California, US


some that comes to mind is "The Last of the Mohicans"
and "The Searchers"
Jun 13 13 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Vintagevista
Posts: 10,348
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  Quote 
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RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,427
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  Quote 
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Model Sarah
Posts: 38,155
Columbus, Ohio, US


Jun 13 13 09:38 am  Link  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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Model Sarah
Posts: 38,155
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  Quote 
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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,454
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  Quote 
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Eastfist
Posts: 3,461
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  Quote 
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sdgillis
Posts: 2,415
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  Quote 
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SME
Posts: 20,702
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  Quote 
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Brian Diaz
Posts: 61,691
Danbury, Connecticut, US


Damon Banner wrote:
IMO, Amelie.

Good call.

Jun 13 13 10:16 am  Link  Quote 
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Brian Diaz
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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  Quote 
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Eros Fine Art Photo
Posts: 2,448
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  Quote 
Photographer
Cherrystone
Posts: 35,255
Columbus, Ohio, US


Jeremiah Johnson
Jun 13 13 10:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Gallery-MG
Posts: 73
Arlington, Virginia, US


Tree of Life.  Story was odd, but the imagery was amazing.
Jun 13 13 10:50 am  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
GRMACK
Posts: 1,307
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  Quote 
Photographer
nyk fury
Posts: 2,874
Port Townsend, Washington, US


hellboy 2.
Jun 13 13 11:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Timm
Posts: 2,672
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  Quote 
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DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 7,622
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  Quote 
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Paul Tirado Photography
Posts: 4,146
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  Quote 
Photographer
SME
Posts: 20,702
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  Quote 
Model
DivaEroticus
Posts: 13,964
Fayetteville, Arkansas, US


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

And others.
Jun 13 13 11:44 am  Link  Quote 
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Anthony Gordon
Posts: 410
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  Quote 
Photographer
bgcfoto
Posts: 5,442
Largo, Florida, US


2046
Jun 13 13 11:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bluefire
Posts: 10,812
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  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 31,688
Lodi, California, 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  Quote 
Photographer
Gulag
Posts: 1,138
Duluth, Georgia, US


To me, it's Blade Runner.
Jun 13 13 12:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 31,688
Lodi, California, 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  Quote 
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maso-arts
Posts: 1,093
Cincinnati, Ohio, US


The Last Emperor, cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.

ETA: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093389/
Jun 13 13 12:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Little Queenie
Posts: 6,167
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  Quote 
Model
Kelleth
Posts: 2,440
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Samsara.
Jun 13 13 01:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 20,916
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  Quote 
Photographer
Brooks Ayola
Posts: 9,692
Chatsworth, California, US


The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.
Jun 13 13 01:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
DivaEroticus
Posts: 13,964
Fayetteville, Arkansas, US


http://markgordonmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ThePillowBookMoviePoster.jpg
Jun 13 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Austin IMagemaker
Posts: 7,774
Austin, Texas, US


That would be "Animal House."
Jun 13 13 01:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
nyk fury
Posts: 2,874
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  Quote 
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nyk fury
Posts: 2,874
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  Quote 
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m_s_photo
Posts: 593
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  Quote 
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