I think if you're noticing underexposure, then something went wrong either in the shooting or post phase. Compare The Beguiled to another period, candlelit movie with Nicole Kidman, The Others for example, The Others has many candlelit nighttime scenes and I don't recall any reviews or critics being pre-occupied by how underexposed it is. Probably because it wasn't. But it looks dark and very brooding. Only you don't even notice it. The movie looks great and the nighttime look doesn't distract you at all. That's an approach I'd sooner subscribe to when it comes to achieving a "low lit" look.
Yeah, I can compare The Beguiled to The Others in terms of low lit, but I guess The Beguiled is even more dark, with the characters often silhouetted and the environment somber and as intertwined with a sort of ash-light... I was not criticize that on the contrary to me it looked very beautiful.
I guess that 'The Others' is less pushed to under-exposure: if you look at the characters faces it's such good exposed; 'The Beguiled' reveals - in some scenes - a way enough different to expose the characters: they are deeply overwhelmed by a dark haze
Edited by Bas Jan Ader Endimione, 02 November 2017 - 07:22 AM.