Wouldn’t be wrong to term them people visionaries; cinematographers who take their cast and crew on a journey, the destination of which, is a successful motion picture. Here’s a sneak peek into the movies that boast of spell-binding cinematography – movies that stay with the audience for a long, long time.
‘Action!’, screamed the director, and there, the cameras rolled. The set, it was bloody huge, and so surreal, that you start imagining that dreams are real. A hundred lights appropriately placed so as to capture the minutest of expressions on the face of Dom Cobb, the protagonist. Cobb looks towards his right, and on the spur of the moment, streams of water flood the entire set. For a while, you don’t believe your eyes. That, my friends, is a soul-stirring moment in the award-winning movie, Inception. Truth be told, Wally Pfister was, inarguably, the most important ingredient in Christopher Nolan’s recipe for this surreal photo play. It had to win an Oscar.
Incredible vision. Brilliant effects. Panoramic views. Breath-taking lighting. Cinematography does make a film visually stunning, and nothing delineates this fact better than the examples pitched in below – some masterpieces having scenes so mind-blowing that, in just a moment, you feel yourself drawn right into the vista. The tools are shadow and lights, which enhance the plot and not blockade it. Let’s take a sneak peek at those technical masterpieces that were brought to life by the keen eye of the camera gurus. No wonder their works last for generations.
Movies With Best Cinematography: A Review
Movie: Amélie (2001); Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel
Movie: Children of Men (2006); Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Movie: Fight Club (1999); Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweth
Movie: Apocalypse Now (1979); Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro
Movie: Blade Runner (1982); Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth
Movie: American Beauty (1999); Cinematographer: Conrad L. Hall
Academy Award Winners for Best Cinematography: 1960 – 2010
|West Side Story (1961)||Fiddler on the Roof (1971)||Reds (1981)||JFK (1991)||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)|
|Lawrence of Arabia (1962)||Cabaret (1972)||Gandhi (1982)||A River Runs Through It (1992)||Road to Perdition (2002)|
|Cleopatra (1963)||Cries and Whispers (1972)||Fanny and Alexander (1982)||Schindler’s List (1993)||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)|
|My Fair Lady (1964)||The Towering Inferno (1974)||The Killing Fields (1984)||Legends of the Fall (1994)||The Aviator (2004)|
|Doctor Zhivago (1965)||Barry Lyndon (1975)||Out of Africa (1985)||Braveheart (1995)||Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)|
|A Man for All Seasons (1966)||Bound for Glory (1976)||The Mission (1986)||The English Patient (1996)||Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)|
|Bonnie and Clyde (1967)||Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)||The Last Emperor (1987)||Titanic (1997)||There Will Be Blood (2007)|
|Romeo and Juliet (1968)||Days of Heaven (1978)||Mississippi Burning (1988)||Saving Private Ryan (1998)||Slumdog Millionaire (2008)|
|Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)||Apocalypse Now (1979)||Glory (1989)||American Beauty (1999)||Avatar (2009)|
|Ryan’s Daughter (1970)||Tess (1979)||Dances with Wolves (1990)||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)||Inception (2010)|
Really what is a movie without stunning scenery, soul-stirring imagery, and deep characters? It is when every moment in the movie makes you go ‘wow!’ that the job of a cinematographer is done. Movies instanced above are nothing less than a tutorial to those who aspire to show the world in the myriad ways they can use their cameras. For the rest of you who wish to explore the world of cinematic masterpieces, this article ensures you a great time ahead. Given the long list above, you have enough reasons to celebrate the art of cinematography.