You don’t have to be an expert to understand that the visual part of a film is one of the most important elements, if not the most important. It’s how the story and the performances are transferred to the viewers. It is a such powerful medium that a film could be based mostly on it as it was during the silent film era. As with other mediums of visual expression, such as photography and painting, cinematography is a form of art that follows similar principles.
Scout Tafoya of Fandor website asked more than 60 film critics and cinephiles trying to make a top 10 list with the films that have best cinematography. Among those films 12 were mentioned the most.
Here’s the list of the twelve films that are mentioned in the video:
1. Days of Heaven (DPs: Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler)
2. Barry Lyndon (DP: John Alcott)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (DP: Geoffrey Unsworth)
4. Citizen Kane (DP: Gregg Toland)
5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (DPs: Karl Struss and Charles Rosher)
6. The Conformist (DP: Vittorio Storaro)
7. The Red Shoes (DP: Jack Cardiff)
8. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (DP: Vilmos Zsigmond)
9. Night of the Hunter (DP: Stanley Cortez)
10. Apocalypse Now (DP: Vittorio Storaro)
11. The Magnificent Ambersons (DP Stanley Cortez)
12. The Tree of LIfe (DP: Emmanuel Lubezki)
Do you agree with the list? Which film do you believe doesn’t deserve to be on the list and with which film would you replace it?