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07/18/2004 04:09:41 PM · #1
I've noticed that developing an interest in photography has really changed the way I view movies. What are some of your favorite movies that you especially noticed or enjoyed the fantastic camera work?

One of my very favorite movies of the year so far was Girl With a Pearl Earring. I was on the edge of my seat thinking, "yes, that's perfect" during so many of the scenes. Just absolutely beautiful! It was nominated for the Best Cinematography award but lost to Master and Commander, a movie I never saw but it must have had great camera work to have robbed Girl of the Oscar.

Amelie and Room With a View are a couple of my other favorites with nice cinematography.

Any recommendations from you?
07/18/2004 04:30:51 PM · #2
I have to say 'Saving Private Ryan' had some amazing camera work.


07/18/2004 04:33:23 PM · #3
Ying xiong (Hero)
07/18/2004 04:34:39 PM · #4
The Matrix had some revolutionary camera work in it ...
too bad they screwed up big time with the two that followed:/
07/18/2004 04:48:16 PM · #5
The Lord of the Rings had some pretty awesome stuff in it.
07/18/2004 04:57:14 PM · #6
I liked the cinematography of Far and Away.


...and Dances With Wolves, and Titanic, and Schindler's List, and Glory, and...

sorry, shutting up now.

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07/18/2004 05:05:08 PM · #7
Baraka! A movie that is photography from the first second till the last. I belive is a must see for anyone interested in photography. Theoreticaly it is a movie, because it is motion picture, even if it has no actors or any action, nor is it a documentary, just superbe images and music, anywhere you stop it, you get one hell of a picture. Amazing stuff. As they say on that site, the ultimate visual experience!

PS it's filmed on 70mm the image quality is stunning!

There is also Koyaanisqatsi trilogy wich is about the same thing, I only seen one of those, but I like Baraka more.

Message edited by author 2004-07-18 17:33:43.
07/18/2004 05:09:15 PM · #8


Message edited by author 2004-07-18 17:22:50.
07/18/2004 05:20:50 PM · #9
Pretty much any David Fincher movie (fight club and panic room especially stylish).

one thing that sticks in my mind as briliant photography is the first quarter of 28 Days Later - astonishing filming...

underworld had a matrix-esque style which is visually very pleasing (as is kate beckinsale, of course...)
07/18/2004 05:23:49 PM · #10
To me it's 'The Man Who Wasn't There'. Absolutely love it!
07/18/2004 05:24:32 PM · #11
Thelma and Louise. I really enjoyed all the subliminal messages portrayed through the choice of scene and camera work.
The worst photographed one I've seen in the last year is Mystic River.
07/18/2004 05:30:33 PM · #12
My favorite has to be Natural Born Killers. It may not be everyones taste, but the camera work was fantastic and unique.

Message edited by author 2004-07-18 17:30:50.
07/18/2004 05:31:16 PM · #13
Originally posted by xion:

To me it's 'The Man Who Wasn't There'. Absolutely love it!

actually, that's a fantastic choice - just bought it in the last week for five quid as it happens. i didn't love the film per se (story-wise i thought it was a bit "so what") but it is one of the most beautiful films ever. every frame is just perfectly gorgeous. the wife thought it even made billy bob thornton fanciable...

07/18/2004 05:33:10 PM · #14
Baraka looks really interesting! I'll have to see if I can find that!
07/18/2004 05:33:14 PM · #15
A previous thread on the subject.
07/18/2004 05:36:47 PM · #16
Originally posted by dwoolridge:

A previous thread on the subject.

and another one

07/18/2004 05:40:49 PM · #17
Originally posted by dwoolridge:

A previous thread on the subject.

Well then let this be the sequel..

One of my favorite movies regarding cinematography has to be The Ring. Superb visuals and camera angles! I was far too captivated by the camerwork that I had to watch the film several times to get the story. ;) I've always wanted to do a series of photos inspired from that movie, complete with the bluish hue/white balance.
07/18/2004 05:41:17 PM · #18
The Horse Whisperer

You can stop the movie at just about any spot and have a perfect picture.
07/18/2004 05:58:42 PM · #19
Hello everybody, thought i'd throw my 2 pence in:

there are too many to mention but a FRACTION of my favs are in no particular order:
The Last Samurai
All the Pretty Horses (different to Whisperer but I preferred the cinamatography/photography in it)
Amores Perros
Fight Club
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (yes, old paul newman film but the photography aspect was georgeous!)
and this might surprise some, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban loved Alfonso's interpretation.
07/18/2004 06:42:12 PM · #20
"Night of the Hunter" (weird movie, but good to look at)
"Lawrence of Arabia"
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
07/18/2004 07:16:06 PM · #21
Nice call on baraka...

Good cinematography films:
Twelve Monkeys
City of Lost Children
American Beauty
Blade Runner
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
American History X
Shawshank Redemption
Moulin Rouge
Requiem for a Dream
02/22/2007 03:06:02 AM · #22
One of my favorites is Black Rain, it has some neat shots from japan. They had alot of trouble shooting that movie because of restrictions japan had with filming bt what they were able to get was really cool. Its an older movie but its still one of my favorites.
02/22/2007 03:08:02 AM · #23
Sin City
02/22/2007 03:21:49 AM · #24
Chicken Run

Considering that this movie was stop motion and clay animation. It has come a long was since the days of Gumby
02/22/2007 03:54:38 AM · #25
I once saw a short clip where a photographer's girlfriend got into his darkroom and accidentally spilled chemicals on her eyes that made her go blind. Throughout the clip you see various shots of him using a Nikon SLR and also riding a Sport Bike. In the end he gives his eyes to the girl so that she can see again.

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this? I have no clue what it's title would be.
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