Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:06 PM
I'm writing a paper temporarily entitled 'Aesthetics in the Absence of Light: Storytelling Through Shadows' and have purchased several books on the film noir and horror genres and on film lighting in general. I'm finding, however, that the films referred to in the books are either too obscure and not great films or the few obvious choices. I can't watch every film in existence looking for shots that utilise shadows effectively and originally but perhaps some users on here can steer me in the right direction and could recommend a film I might have missed that has a relevant scene in it somewhere, a film that doesn't necessarily fall into the noir or horror genres, but is recognised and respected.
Any help would be much appreciated, Thanks,
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:17 PM
The Godfather or Klute
Temple scene in last section of Apocalypse Now
Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:54 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:17 AM
Right off the top of my head, I love the way shadow is used to help tell the story in the original Scarface. In particular the symbol of a cross is shown whenever somebody is about to die. This is typicaly done with shadow and the scene that sticks out most for me is the Valentine's Day Massacre.
The shadow of the Vampire creeping along the wall in Nosferatu.
Edited by Pat Murray, 04 January 2013 - 12:18 AM.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:46 PM
Thanks for the tips so far. Pat, I suppose I just want to avoid copying and pasting the specific examples from the text. A lot of them do seem to be low budget independent films for some reason and I don't think I could ever find them on DVD or even online to watch the scenes for myself. I'd much rather see the film and write about it in my own words more for the sense of achievement than anything else. I hope that makes sense!
That makes perfect sense Stephen. I like James' follow up. If you're in a decent sized city, you should have access to a video store with the titles he listed. Also check out Netflix. I'm pretty sure the original Scarface I referenced is on Netflix. A few of those titles mentioned by James should be there as well. Very interesting topic, btw. Good luck!
Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:36 AM
Kamerapioniere der zwanziger Jahre
Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim
Henschel-Verlag, Berlin, 1994, 156 pages
Perfect reading for the subject with a lot of illustrations
A few historical and editorial errors but nevertheless a book I am glad to have
Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:04 PM
Tetro has some amazing shot-reverse shots using shadows and reflections instead of the faces of the characters.