Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Black, White

As I sat and watched Ang Lee's Lust, Caution last night I couldn't help but wonder what that movie would look like if it were filmed in black and white like the films of it's timesetting. And then as the film went on I thought it became glaringly obvious that masterful cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, the films of Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) was filming this movie as if it were being made in the 1940s. His way with shadows and closeups are beautiful, and it's amazing that there really isn't any obvious playing with the camerawork. It's just simple and sublime.

But, naturally, I am who I am and I wanted to see what the film would look like if it were filmed in black and white. Here's some screencaps (click to enlarge) to prove it would've been just as tops.

And the film? B+


Matt Riviera said...

I often watch new films with the colour saturation all the way down. It's a good idea to do it with period films. I also do it to humanize slick Hollywood blockbusters.

J.D. said...

I would definitely love to see a black-and-white version, and not just because that would be like the 139th different version of it.

I saw it and a few months ago and loved it, but the last 15 minutes or so really took me out of the movie. Which was sad, because the rest of it was so top 10-material. *sigh* Tang Wei was freaking incredible though.

Catherine said...

I watched 2/3rds of "Opening Night" last week before realizing my dvd player was on the wrong channel and I should've been watching it in colour. Bah

Anonymous said...

that's even more gorgeous than it actually was.