November 02, 2013

Still from Films. A possible light diagram of a scene from Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy

Cinematography: Roberto Forza
Camera:Arricam LT, Arricam ST
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Format: 35mm
Film Stock: Kodak Vision

Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (Romanzo di una strage) is a film that deals with a bombing at a major bank back in 1969 and whose authors were never found: it was surrounded by the popular belief that the Italian Government was somehow involved. That's why its cinematography is full of contrasts and chiaroscuro, like the screen shot above. This is a one light setting: a lightly diffused HMI light  placed outside the door, not to high, just above the characters' head, producing a strong silhouette and deep large shadows, meaning that the truth, what is untold, is far bigger than people are really told. It is a theatrical light which definitely adds drama to the image while the slanted angle stresses out the tension of the scene.

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