Jag är nyfiken – blå (I Am Curious – Blue)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) I can’t really choose favorites as I like most of the visual compositions that the entire film consists of.
I have many, ones that you see and are like, “Jesus that is beautiful.” But two of my favorites-
1) from In Cold Blood- It’s raining outside as Robert Blake’s character is talking about is relationship, water is running down the window and the streams are reflected on Blake’s face as if he is crying. Conrad Hall always claimed it was an accident, but I think he knew exactly what he was doing when he set the lights.
2) (Okay I am well aware of how is this not a good movie, problems all over the place, but…) from Waterworld- Just after Costner’s character drops the flare down the shute and into the hull of the Exxon Valdez and ignites the the oil. An old man has been stuck in the belly of the ship for years. As fire roars toward him, the old man turns, see the fire coming, the flames reflected in his glasses obscuring his eyes and he says “Oh, thank god.”
I realize this isn’t from a film, but I just caught this one on T.V. I love how the camera slowly pans over to Michael then slightly zooms in ‘til he’s just off center. The ‘double quote’ really captures how he’s always making assuming other people’s habits, gestures, morals, etc. etc. :D
pierrot le fou
two great movies,
two great frames,
same allusion to flag
From Paris, Texas
You can’t beat the dialogue of this moment:
“Capt Koons: “…he’d be damned if some greasy yellow slope got their hands on his boy’s birth right. So he hid the watch in the one place they wouldnt find it: his ASS.”
Ballad of a soldier. I was unable to find a picture of the mother running across the field to see her son, but this picture will suffice.
very useful and interesting topic, I think I just might contribute!
Lost Indulgence (2008)
Here is a big part of my collection of frames:
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
Days of Being Wild
Double Life of Veronique *
F For Fake
Hiroshima Mon Amour
I Stand Alone (1998)
Made in U.S.A.
Scenes From A Marriage
Woman On The Beach
Fantastic thread! Sometimes one one pic from a film makes me want to watch it. Here are some from the top of my head. I’ll contribute more to this thread when new films come to my mind.
The Devils by Ken Russell
The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov
Bunuel’s The Milky Way (the Pope is played by Bunuel by the way :))
Belle de Jour, another Bunuel film with the beautiful Catherine Deneuve
City Lights …just gotta love it
Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick, 1999)
1. The shot of a pack of camel non filter soft packs opened in closer than close up. That is wonderful
2. When Maria Braun hooks up with her black market man (Played by Fassbinder himself). The lighting is pitch perfect just the sirk would’ve liked. Plus their exchange is quite nice!
Pretty much anything by Fassbinder is a introduction to proper composition (Veronika Voss, Merchant of four Seasons, The reversing elliptical in fear, etc..)
Bresson and Ozu are always on point as well. Ozu with his little red teapot, sailboats, chimneys and clotheslines and bresson with austere naturals!
Some animated ones:
Kawalerowicz’s Night Train
Truly great movie—and Zbigniew Cybulski to boot.
Days of Heaven:
Oh i completely agree with you on those frames of Days of Heaven Samantha. Every shot in that movie is a total beauty. Like this one:
Yes, that one too!
Can’t wait for The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998) on Criterion Blu and The Three of Life :D
The New World (Malick, 2005)
Das weisse Band (2009, Haneke)
Science Is Fiction: Sea Urchins
Royal Wedding (Donen, 1951)