Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A director painted in his film

In Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick wanted the photography of his film to have a resemblance to the 17th-18th c. paintings. To do that Kubrick got special Zeiss lenses from NASA in order to shoot in natural candle light, which is impossible with normal lenses. The result was marvelous and unique. Every shot, scene seemed like a portrait, a painting of the era.
Georges de La Tour, St Joseph, 1642

Georges de La Tour, Nativity, 1642, Louvre

Barry Lyndon, 1975

Barry Lyndon, 1975
Not only the night scenes but also the daylights shots resemble the 17-18th century paintings.

William Hogarth, The Assembly at Wanstead House. 1731

Barry Lyndon, 1975

William Hogarth, The Strode Family, 1745

Fragonard, la petit parc, 1765

Barry Lyndon, 1975

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