All of Tarkovsky’s color films I have seen(Stalker,Mirror and Nostalghia),are extremely beatiful.
Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” is definetely one of the most beatiful color films I’ve seen.
Of course,in such a list,I have to include Bertolucci’s “Il Conformista”.Every single shot in this film is breathtakingly beatiful.Cinematography and color at its best.
I always thought that many scenes in “Lawrence of Arabia” are goddamn wondrful,and the outstanding cinematography really add to this.
Erice’s “El Sur”is surely deserves surely a place in my list with the most beatiful color films.The lightning is magnificent in this one.(I really want to see “The Spirit of the Behive”,btw).
“Valerie and Her Week of Wonders”,unbelievably beatiful,surreal images.The use of colors in this one,is amazing,greatly matched with the surreal concept.
Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” should be really mentioned,although I didn’t love the movie in general so much.
In the Mood for Love and 2046,and also most of Kar-Wai’s movies.
“Pierrot Le Fou” and “Contempt”,I always thought Goddard was better in color than B&W.
Sanatorium pod klepsydra by Wojciech Has
Zerkalo by Tarkovsky
Akitsu Onsen by Kiju Yoshida
Apocalypse Now by Coppola
Siberiade by Konchalovsky
A very silly candidate, I suppose, but BRIDES OF FU MANCHU (at least on the WB DVD) has exquisite color. And director Don Sharp uses it very well to direct focus.
I agree with Barry Lyndon. The film has its faults, but it’s visually gorgeous.
I’d also cite French Can Can, as beautiful as you’d expect from a deliberately painterly film by Renoir. There are clearly in fact a lot of “quotes” from famous French impressionist paintings in it, no doubt more than I recognized.
Some favourites that come to mind…
Heaven Can Wait (1943 – Lubitsch in colour!)
Days of Heaven
Meet Me in St Louis
An American in Paris
Godfather – Part II
Akitsu Onsen by Yoshida !!!!
“Bella” really impressed me with its luscious use of colour. That’s hardly surprising, given the Mexican cultural background of the film. The colours, especially the clothes, seemed to leap right out at you. Not only that, it’s a wonderful film. Has anyone else experienced this brilliant feature?
“Strella” has some rather vivid moments of colour. The scene from which the still below is derived is totally psychedelic (the effect is made by a multi-coloured spinning lamp that causes the colours to dance across Strella and Yiorgos).
I think these color films are beautiful:
The Godfather Part II
Pierrot Le Fou
The Tin Drum
The Royal Tenenbaums
and a few more I can’t think of right now. I figure these are obvious choices, but I have’t been to keen on color films lately. I’ve spent more time and energy on black and white.
I don’t think anyone’s mentioned Hero yet.
I’m going to throw in The Trouble with Harry, which i watched again last weekend. Beautiful autumnal colors. It might even be Hitchcock’s prettiest movie, if not his most beautiful. I know Vertigo and Marnie would vie for that latter honor.
And I’ll second some other mentions above: The Cornformist, Contempt and Pierrot Le Fou, Kagemusha, Solaris and The Sacrifice, Fanny and Alexander, Days of Heaven, Once Upon a Time in The West.
PS: Spirit of the Beehive, The Red Shoes, Roeg’s Walkabout (someone mentioned, and I second), Leave Her to Heaven (!), Fassbinder’s Lola
PPS: No one has mentioned Ichikawa’s The Makioki Sisters. Melville’s Army of Shadows.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is absolutely gorgeous.
I’m doing a series of blog posts ( Benefit of the Doubt ) on films with strong uses of color, and I used this thread as a jumping-off point. I’m trying to see some stuff that’s coming out in March (Alice in Wonderland, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Eclipse) and I’m also writing about a bunch of older films. I think it’s gonna be the following:
- Umbrellas of Cherbourg (already done, and loved it)
- Ashes of Time Redux
- The Color of Pomegranites
- The Red Shoes
- Equinox Flower
- End of Summer
- Mon Oncle
What do you guys think of this list? Think there’s anything I’m absolutely missing? Or anything I should switch out with something else? I know that’s kind of just rehashing the point of this thread, but I figured I’d revive it, as long as there was a chance of me getting some additional advice.
cries and whispers, only one i can think of that stood out for me in terms of colour. (actually the only film i can think of where I acknowledged the use of colour before anything else).
and maybe ran….
Oo some of my personal faves are Hero and Raise the Red Lantern both by Zhang Yimou, i think anything by him is practically guaranteed to look beautiful in terms of the colours.
Also loved Ran and the first Kill Bill for the visuals.
The New World
Curse of the Golden Flower
House of the Flying Daggers
Fanny and Alexander
The Man who would be King?
Gad, I’ve been waiting for that film to come out with a least a few extras for the longest time. Haven’t seen it since it was first released. Double disc or now blu-ray would be great.
Other beaut’s (among many)
- Fanny & Alexander
- Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
- Ran (!)
- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring (was it the colours, or just the visuals?)
Thanks for the comments about technicolor, folks. I had heard that before and you’ve convinced me to pay closer attention.
Recurring computer virus. I call it XXXXXXXX.
Ah! Forgot about Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons”
Cries and whispers
Fanny and Alexander
Une Femme Douce
Jak daleko stąd, jak blisko (Tadeusz Konwicki)
Elisa, vida mia
Taira Clan Saga
Anything by Bunuel
Pierrot le fou
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s L’Enfer (1964); the rapturous footage can only be seen in Serge Bromberg’s Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (2009).
Dolls by Takeshi Kitano has probably the most gorgeous use of colour I’ve seen in a film. Tons of amazing images.