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#1 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:29 AM

Although heavy on the ochre tones (just like many of the early stuff in The Godfather), it's an exquisite visual treat to watch the work of Darius Khondji on The Immigrant. Almost refreshing in these days of ubiquitous naturalism to have real composed shots that are not handheld or where the film wasn't "hosed down" and constructed in the edit. Just honest classical cinematography.

 

The slight ProMisting Khondji drapes the old lenses with adds a great visual feel. Feels fresh as well - haven't seen much of that used recently. Film has its flaws, but it looks amazing (if a little too yellow at times). Please watch it just for the cinematography, even if story or period might leave you cold.

 

 


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#2 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 03:05 AM

Eagerly awaiting its UK release. Big fan of both Khondji and James Grey.
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#3 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

Been tracking that for a while now.  Thanks for the recommendation, Adam.


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#4 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 07:19 PM

Well, Adam wasn't kidding.  Finally...a film that looks like film - not a digitized version of film.  I was absolutely floored from the very first shot - grain and a LOVELY softness that can only be achieved with film.  It was also nice to see - in an era of filmmaking where virtually every part of the frame has to be perfect - a director/cinematographer team that wasn't afraid to allow the sky to get completely blown-out and still make it look beautiful.  An absolutely gorgeous film - much like The Godfather, Part II.

 

I actually had to ask someone in the theater if it had been projected on film or digitally.  It turns out that it was projected digitally, which just goes to show what the medium of film & skillful cinematography can do.  And the final shot of the film is a lesson in composition.

 

Credit also has to go to director, James Gray.  I am not a fan of Marion Cotillard, but she deserves the Best Actress Oscar for an amazing performance.  Khondji, Gray and production designer Happy Massee will also be the ones to beat.

 

I have not been so immersed in a film in a very long time.  This film is proof that the "theater experience" is alive and well.  It seems a bit ironic that the release of this film coincided with Gordon Willis's death.  The Immigrant is a fitting tribute to him and shows how his work lives on in others.


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#5 Rafael Rivera

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 01:03 AM

Saw it recently, simply fantastic!


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