August 23, 2013

Stills from films. A possible light diagram of a scene from The Last Emperor

Cinematography:Vittorio Storaro
Camera: Arriflex 35 BL
Lenses: Technovision Anamorphic
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Format: 35mm
Film Stock: Kodak Vision

The last emperor is a great example of fine cinematography, in which Storaro makes a perfect use of colour and its psychology reminding every photographer and cinematographer the importance of the effect of colour tones no matter how subtle it is. In the scene above, the orange colour was used: the emperor is a child and at that age life is colourful and vibrant, entirely spent with the family, all concepts strictly connected to the orange colour. The light (probably a filtered HMI) is diffused with smoke which adds mystery to the image making it more dramatic. The position of the light and the selective lighting on the emperor leaving  everything else in the shadows, obviously represents the divine blessing to the child as emperor.

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