List some great detailed works of cinematography


Eyes Wide Shut

A Clockwork Orange


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Hi, Mundo.

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Black Dahlia (too bad about the acting)

Mulholland Drive

Lawrence of Arabia

A couple of mine...

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Beowulf & Grendel
Lust, Caution

The Thin Red Line

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Brokeback Mountain

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Hell, anything by Ang Lee...

Some great works of cinematography

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Lucien Ballard, THE WILD BUNCH (especially the scene where the bridge gets blown up)


Burnett Guffey, BONNIE AND CLYDE

Some more

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Haskell Wexler, BOUND FOR GLORY

Nestor Almendros, DAYS OF HEAVEN

A few...

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The Shining
Citizen Kane
Raging Bull
Any goddamn thing by Alfred Hitchcock

Wulfgar and TMundo mentioned

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Wulfgar and TMundo mentioned some of the really good ones (namely: Raging Bull, Citizen Kane, Eyes Wide Shut, Hitchcock's Vertigo).


The Man Who Wasn't There
House of Flying Daggers
The Village
American Beauty
Far From Heaven
Road to Perdition
The Last of the Mohicans
The Shawshank Redemption
The Third Man


Manhattan? Really?

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I guess I don't remember the cinematography from that film. It didn't strike me as anything memorable when I last saw it, but admittedly it's been a while...


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Yes, really. Or maybe it's just that NYC looks so great when shot in Glorious Black-and-White.

Oh, I'm also adding The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to the list.


Speaking of The Assassination of Jessie James...

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I was about to rent this from the video store, but the clerk told me it was one of the shittiest movies he'd ever seen, and convinced me to rent 3:10 To Yuma, instead. Was The Assassination really that bad?

I haven't seen it

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But from what i heard is an excellent movie, just very slow, i guess your clerk is an RV fan.

I'm totally kicking myself...

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...for leaving off The Last of the Mohicans...

Oh don't be so hard on yourself, Wulfie

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Turns out they found another Mohican anyway.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and The Aviator

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A couple of memorable recent movies which garnered Academy Awards. I mean, come on. You can't expect me to remember anything past the last few years, can you? I looked at the list of Academy winners for cinematography and those two movies were ones that visually had blown me away. Speaking of being blown, I'm glad Xur listed Brokeback Mountain because no man in Oklahoma can admit to having ever seen that movie or being within 1/2 mile of where it was shown. But I hear the cinematography was breathtaking. Or should I say "Fantastic!"

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Also Star Wars

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With it's groundbreaking use of modeling, it captivated me from its opening shot where the rocket chasing R2D2 and C3PO's escape pod filled the screen. (Rajah, that's the Trash Can Robot and the Gay Robot to you) I suppose the same could be said for

2001 A Space Idiocy


Jason and the Argonauts.

All three films were kick-ass for their time but may seem a bit lame by today's standards.

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I think you meant: "FAB-U-LOUS!"

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I'm just saying.

Best regards, Wally

Damn you Wally

Critico's picture

You beat me to the obvious joke.

Oh Dang the Lot of Ya!

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And dang the time limit on the Edit function. You're right: I should have said "fabulous!" I guess I'm far to macho a person to voice the sentiments of a gay man. Hey! How 'bout them Cowboys?

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Well, Midnight Cowboy while we're at it

TMundo's picture there's some great cinematography there. Great flashback/memory sequences.

My nominees:

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Gone With The Wind

On The Waterfront

Bridge on the River Kwai

Lawrence of Arabia


Doctor Zhivago -- the scene where the flowers bloom in spring after the long Russian winter might be the loveliest shot in the history of film.

Barry Lyndon



LA Confidential

The Assassination of Jesse James

While we're at it, can you name any badly-photographed movies?

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I saw a still for I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF that was so badly lit the female victim seemed to have a mustache!

I haven't seen the Anthony Hopkins movie MAGIC, but Pauline Kael's NEW YORKER review said that Victor J. Kemper's photography was so bad he made some fancy Manhattan restaurant look like a Burger King!

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