Serious good films = less colour?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andy in Sig, 11 May 2010.

  1. Its a classic film trick. Look at Spielberg's choice for Schindlers list.

    Also, you are missing the more subtle choice of film stock, many period films are captured on a filmstock that washes out the colour and generates a dated feel (flashbacks in stories are often made lighter to infer ageing or date change)

    Mono-chrome is used to show somber tomes and serious nature, but hardly ever comedic moments
     
  2. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    Quite a few modern films use all kinds of subtle tricks it's just that if you're watching it at home it's really hard to pick up the extent of it unless you're watching it in high definition. A lot of it is lost by idiots demanding razor sharp images and the oppressive lighting regime of many late 2000s films.
     
  3. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Not quite film but I like the way that they use a similar trick for the various versions of CSI.

    CSI Vegas is pretty neutral / natural, except the crime lab which is always dark. CSI NY is sombre and grey whereas CSI Miami is in screamingly vivid colours.

    Sorry for the interlude, back to the art-house flicks. :smile:
     
  4. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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    A lot of the films I like are B&W, and some others use muted colours really effectively (eg Godfather Part 2). However, sometimes I think directors go way too far, and it gives the film a faintly pretentious feel... There Will Be Blood springs to mind. A load of utter cobblers IMVHO.
     
  5. not off topic at all I think...all of those deliver a subconscious effect on your brain and make you "feel" a certain way about what you see. I remember Band of Brothers/ Saving Private Ryan which was all filmed in a washed out stock that made everything look how I imagine the 40's to look, when in reality everything looked the same colour as it is today...just with less variety
     
  6. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    That was one of the most beautifully photographed and soundtracked films of recent years (IMEMHO!). It certainly wasn't easy-watching, but then why should everything be dumbed down?
     
  7. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

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    From Der Stand der Dinge, directed by Wim Wenders:

    Mark: You know, I take pictures, photographs, but I never really thought in black and white before I saw our rushes. Do you know what I mean? You can see the shape of things.

    Joe: Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic.
     
  8. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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    You know, FM, I have a faint suspicion that we are not going to agree on this one....

    Yes, I agree it was beautifully photographed. Time prevents me from listing its many and glaring faults.
     
  9. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

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    Anyone else remember Lindsay Anderson's "If.."? Shot in the 60s partly in B&W and partly in colour. Anderson was a bit of an Art House director - and that's a cracking film - so there was much learned discussion amongst the nerds about his choice of colour for critical parts of the film.

    He later revealed that they had shot it out of sequence and switched to B&W because they had run out of money. :blush:
     
  10. OP
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    Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    I loved that bit of Casino Royale: loads of glittering chrome in the office. Just goes to show that you can't please everybody.
     
  11. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

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    I always thought that was a Benny Hill joke!
     
  12. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    Didn't the Coen brothers say that the reason they filmed The Man Who Wasn't There in black & white was so that the viewers would know how important it was.
     
  13. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Fooled the critics anyway. I thought it was one of their weakest films of recent years.
     
  14. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

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    I did hear Lindsay Anderson confirm it on the South Bank show, but he wasn't beyond the occasional joke himself. Apparently it may or may not be true -
     
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