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  12 December 2004
CINEMATOGRAPHY: What movies should be required viewing?

As you guys know I love to post topics like these to stimulate cool discussions.

One thing that I have noted recetnly is that the art of cinematography has gone backwards.

Movies that for me stand out are:(in no particular order)

Francis Ford Coppola: Godfather II, Apocalipse Now
David Lean: Dr Zhivago,Lawrence of Arabia ,The Bridge on the River Kwai
Roman Polanski: Chinatown
Alfred Hitchcock: vertigo Pshyco
Ridley Scott : Blade Runner, Alien
Stanley Kubrick :The Shinning, 2001 A Space Odyddey
Steven Spielberg: Empire of the Sun,
Raiders of the Lost Ark
John Ford:The Searchers
Sergio Leone: Once upon a time in the West

Anyway what is your list?

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Last edited by RobertoOrtiz : 01 January 2005 at 02:36 AM.
  12 December 2004
that is pretty good list

But would add some older european films - not so much for the cinematography alone but the choise of subject mater. - Almodovar, Bergman, Fellini

On a newer side: City of God and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind rock big time. I am waiting to see complex believable characters in mainstream hollywood films.

  12 December 2004
- Wes Anderson: Bottle Rocket, Rushmoore, The Royal Tenenbaums
- Stanley Kubrick: Paths of glory, Dr Strangelove, The Shining.
- Alfred Hitchcock: The 39 Steps, Psycho, Torn Curtain, Strangers on a Train
- Steven Spielberg: Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List
- Peter Jackson: Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended editions)
- Roman Polanski: Chinatown, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist
- Christopher Nolan: Insomnia
- David Fincher: Alien 3, Se7en, Panic Room
- David Lean: Hobsons choice, Great Expectations, The Bridge on the River Kwai
- David Lynch: Dune, The Elephant Man
- James Cameron: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss
- Michael Mann: Heat, Manhunter
- Bill Forsyth: Comfort and Joy, Local Hero, Gregory's Girl
- Alan Parker: Mississippi Burning, The Commitments
- Charlie Chaplin: The Gold Rush, Modern Times
- Terry Zwigoff: Ghost World, Crumb, Bad Santa
- Sofia Coppola: Lost In Translation
- Edward Buzzell, At the Circus, Go West
- Hayao Miyazaki: Laputa
- Wolfgang Petersen: Das Boot, Enemy mine
- Peter Wier: Dead Poets Society, Master and Commander
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Last edited by mjdowswell : 12 December 2004 at 08:37 PM.
  12 December 2004
Smile my 2 cents...

Any film by Akira Kurosawa.
  12 December 2004
Originally Posted by Lord Dowswell:
- Michael Moore: Roger and Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11

I'm not quite sure how this fits in as examples of good cinematography. Especially since a lot of what he does is sourced on video.
  12 December 2004
No DoP's listed

I find it interesting that no DoP's (Director's of Photography) have been mentioned.
  12 December 2004
hehe...i was just about to edit and put Akira Kurosawa on the end there, he is without a doubt in the top 5 directors of all time list.

sorry about the michael moore bad, I mis read the top there.

...I think Luc Besson does all his own cinematography and I know michael bay was a photographer before hand.....i think.

The Rock has quite incredable cinematograph in it.

and certainly Kubrick i think was in charge of the camra.
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  12 December 2004
Director of Photography

Darius Khondji: The Ninth Gate, Seven, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen

Dante Spinotti: Heat, The Last of the Mohicans
Michael J. Dowswell - Independent Filmmaker

LINK: Crashing Star Wars Ships #03
  12 December 2004
Schindlers List is an achievement in cinematography.
I also recommend:

-Requiem for a dream

-Road to perdition

-Minority report

  12 December 2004
There is a great little Korean film called "My Sassy Girl" some of the best cinematography I've seen in a live action Korean film and one of my favorite all time movies.
  12 December 2004
Luc Besson, and Michael Bay to a lesser extent both operate cameras on their films, but will still collaborate with DoP's on the cinenmatography.

It's and interesting and ongoing debate concerning the authorship of the images that end up onscreen. Some directors are heavily visual in their storytelling and most likely have more input concerning composition and lighting, whereas directors who are more focused on the actors are possibly more able to allow their DoP's more freedom and trust in their interpretation of the script. An interesting example would be Dreamworks teaming up unproven director (in films anyway) Sam Mendes with one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, the late great Conrad Hall for his film 'American Beauty'.
  12 December 2004
all good suggestions so far.

Passage of India by David Lean is great and not mentioned?

Those aarly Hichcok films were wacky. I would watch is later stuff.
M for Murder and Rear Window, North by Northwest. I feel they have more inovation in them
than a movie like Strangers on a Train wich isn't much more than a subversive propaganda film of the time. He took quite a bit of liberty with the source material to make his point.

That said, He is great and is greater still when he works with great actors. Another reason I like Hichcock is that he drew a lot. Storyboards, Setdesign, costumes you name it!
Unlike a director like G.Lucas.

There really are so many great lookung films out there it is hard to mention them all.
My list is conciderably shorter when it comes to movies that have the whole package.
Like acting, story And visuals.
Kory Heinzen
VisDev Artist
My Blog
  12 December 2004
Just off the top of my head...

The Good, the bad, and the Ugly - I love this movie...mmmmm...spaghetti
Full Metal Jacket - the best Camera work from the Kubrick films IMO
Elephant - very human
Dancer in the Dark - great tranistions between real world and dreams
Snatch - I really like this film as a whole but it wouldn't be as good without some of the cool camera work and editing.
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  12 December 2004
I almost forgot!!!

"The Mystery of Rampo"

Just out on DVD.

One of my favorite movies of all time.
And I don't say that often.
Kory Heinzen
VisDev Artist
My Blog
  12 December 2004
some more good cinematography examples:

Ila Soleimani

"Billions of bilious blue blistering barbecued barnacles!...Cannibal!"

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