Monday, August 17, 2009

Evening on the Beach.

Hello, Jose here declaring myself obsessed with Vittorio Storaro's cinematography in "Reds".



The things he does with light and movement are breathtaking (and to think director Warren Beatty almost hired someone else!). Right on to the Academy for rewarding him that year...
This particular frame, which I think is exquisite, has lingered in my mind because it reminds me of an artist's work. I just can't put my finger on who though. Anyone care to help me?

12 comments:

NATHANIEL R said...

I love REDS so much.

does this remind you of Wyeth? i know that's a really basic reference but it's the tall grass.

Victor S said...

Storaro is genius. It's a shame that the directors that gave him the most amazing things to photograph (Beaty, Bertolucci and Coppola)are all semi-retired.

NATHANIEL R said...

This isn't really about Storaro but I was watching CASABLANCA the other night and it just reminds you (as does REDS) that most movies are totally sloppily shot now. (sigh)

Victor S said...

OMG I cannot believe he never won the ASC Award!!!

Jose said...

I actually don't know for sure, Wyeth does make sense, but it's not him.
Perhaps it's not even a painter I'm reminded of but some other cinematographer, now that you mention tall grass I wanna see "Days of Heaven" hehehe.

Victor S said...

Oh the grass of Days of Heaven...
Nestor Almendros, another genius.

Sijmen said...

Yes, it does seem a famous painting... Maybe by Monet?

Janice said...

I was thinking Monet as well because of some of his early works painted at the seaside, although I don't recall "tall grass" figuring into any of them.

Now that I think about it, it also reminds of paintings that American Impresssionist Frank Weston Benson (a Boston area painter) did of his daughters at their seaside home around 1900. I had the poster for "Sunlight" (1909) in college, and perhaps that's what you're thinking of?
http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/artwork/211

crszen said...

What about Werner Herzog and his Kaspar Hauser?

GregWA said...

It reminded me of Winslow Homer. I'll pull out Reds for a viewing this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love how this movie uses real life interview footage together with the film. Some of the old people in those interviews were hoots!

Billy Held An Oscar said...

I remember watching Reds when I was about 15 years old and not really understanding the entire film. Fast forward 23 years....it has become one of my favs.