Artists have always been drawn to the interplay between light and dark, both literally and metaphorically. In order to represent a subject, knowing how to use light properly can be crucial. This is especially true to movies, where well-deployed lighting can be the difference between merely a good film and a great one. Films can manipulate one’s perception of light — normally something we have little control over — and use it to create a certain, calculated vibe.
When it comes to depicting a scene and the dramatic quandaries of the characters within that scene, lighting is the secret to either highlighting or obscuring its themes. In paying attention to how the film looks, we can gain more insight into how its protagonists are feeling in relation to one another.
Our top ten best lit films have all been chosen not only due to how well they are lit, but how its lighting contributes to the overall effect. Spanning many different genres, from noir to psychodrama to love stories, this list has been hand-picked as a great primer in how to use light effectively in film.
As films are such total works of art — taking in so many different art forms altogether — lighting can be overlooked in favour of camera movement, acting and script-writing. Nevertheless, the art of lighting is just as important. Today we celebrate the art of the gaffer and the director of photography in making these films the masterpieces that they are.
10. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
One of cinema’s great humanists, Krzysztof Kieslowski seemed to know more about the human condition than any other director of his time. The Double Life Of Veronique is one of his best films, telling a story of immense grace that is deeply → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema