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|Fig.1. 'Only God Forgives' Poster|
Nicolas Winding Refn's movie, 'Only God Forgives' (2013) is a violent and brutally intense film filled with blood and shocking imagery. It's beautifully artistic shots are filled with colour and add a great sense of class and depth to the film.
|Fig.2. Film Still|
From the very first shot of the film we are welcomed the brutal world that the director has created, the cinematography is stunning. 'Courtesy of cinematographer Larry Smith, who makes the neon sleaze of Bangkok both dangerous and beautiful, everything is bathed in disorientating primary colours' (Empire, 2015) The colour red is prominent throughout most scenes, specifically ones that are set within darkened rooms or within Bangkok's criminal underground. A heightened sense of danger, and or violence can be felt during these scenes, but this is also due to the way in which Nicolas Winding Refn prolongs his shots and creates a looming sense of tension, something that has been used in many films throughout the years, a technique that puts the audience of the edge of the seats and give you a horrible sense of unease. 'The Thai capital's look is mean to evoke sleaze and corruption, yet it comes across, like the film itself, as affected and artificial' (Arikan, 2013)
the corruption of does come across in some ways, but the artificiality of the world is show in abundance from start to finish, shadows drape across the characters faces and brightly coloured lighting, in an array of colours, highlight what the director wants you to see.
|Fig.3. Film Still|
One of the main characters of the film, Chang, a violent man on a quest to track down those who have done wrong. 'It is Chang who glides through the film with mysterious precision and ability, calm and ruthless in his capacity for aggression, and for enforcing his own kind of natural justice on his own turf' (Bradshaw, 2013)
Chang, played by, Vithaya Pansringarm, has a characteristic that seems to coincide with the way in which the film has been shot. His slow, yet graceful movements across the screen give him a sense of prowess, yet as an audience we watch intensively, what will his next move be? A man of few words, just like the rest of the characters in this film. Nobody seems to have much to say, everything in this films seems to be told through the use of imagery, for example, Chang will not inform you that he is about to kill you, but as he calmly draws his sword you don't question whether he is about to kill the person that is in front of him, you only ask, when is he going to kill them?
'Only God Forgives' is a film filled with tension and artistically directed scenes, the lack of dialogue does make this film quite hard to watch at times, yet the way in which the director captivates the audience with its hypnotic, tranquil but violent scenes make it a film worth watching.
Arikan, A. (2013) 'Only God Forgives (2013)' At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/only-god-forgives-2013 (Accessed On: 8/12/2015)
Bradshaw, P. (2013) 'Only God Forgives-Review' At: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/01/only-god-forgives-review (Accessed On: 8/12/2015)
Empire Online. (2015) 'Only God Forgives Review) At: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/god-forgives/review/ (Accessed On: 8/12/2015)
Figure 1. 'Only God Forgives (2013)' [Poster] At: http://www.yourfaceisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/OnlyGodForgives.jpg (Accessed on: 8/12/2015)
Figure 2. [Film Still] At: http://screenmusings.org/movie/blu-ray/Only-God-Forgives/images/Only-God-Forgives-003.jpg (Accessed on: 8/12/2015)
Figure 3. [Film Still] At: http://www.cinedivergente.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/only_god_forgives_1.jpg (Accessed on: 8/12/2015)
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|'Suspiria' Movie Poster|
Dario Argento's 1977 horror flick, 'Suspiria' is a whirlwind of colour and violent music that is an assault on the senses. A story that is hard to follow, yet acts a distraction to the artistic imagery displayed upon the screen via the use of light and colour.
|Fig.2. Film Still|
We are instantly thrust into the world of 'Suspiria' our main character, Suzy (played by Jessica Harper) has travelled to Germany, to attend ballet school. When she arrives, on a rather stormy and terrifying night, a woman leaves the building, muttering un-audible words and with a distressed look she flees from the school and to a friends apartment.
Suzy on the other hand is eager to get in, but strangely enough she is unable to enter and instead is castaway by the voice of stranger.
We are then greeted quite shockingly to the murder of this mystery woman who fled from the school. A murder scene flooded with the colour red. The walls are red, and symmetrical. This film is so artistic in the fact that each scene looks like a painting. When the characters move within them, the paintings come to life, lights flash across the walls, adding highlights upon the faces of the characters. In this scene, a soundtrack so loud, it seems to put a muzzle on the mouths of the dying. Their screams can't be heard, but the horror that unfolds before us is hard to look away from. This poor woman, known as Pat, is brutally killed alongside her friend. 'The shattered glass, Pat's dangling corpse and her dribbling blood become glorious elements of the apartment building's already phenomenal artificiality' (Gonzalez, 2001)
The scene seems to act as invitation to the audience into the land of 'Suspiria' like Walt Disney's 1951 Classic, 'Alice in Wonderland' we have fallen head first down the rabbit hole. The way in which the two females are killed and left seems to be meticulously planed, a shard of glass that we know must have violently fallen into the face of once of the women, looks carefully placed, like an artist finalising his work with the final touches.
|Fig.3. Film Still|
Throughout the film surreal lights are placed within every scene. Lights that would only seem useful in the theatre are set at unusual angles, casting light upon all corners of the shot. But this unusual sense of light is a lot more subdued within a certain sequence in the film, becoming more natural and realistic.
A blind man, known as the ballet schools pianist is seen with his dog walking home. as he crossed the road and passes a traffic light, it changes from green to the devilish red that is used in abundance within the film. A subtle hint to the audience that both pain and violence is yet come for this character. 'Dario Argento undoubtedly raised the bar for death sequences with his operatic, elaborate set pieces' (Pountain, 2015)
This sense of a death being a set piece is definitely highlighted within the blind man's death. Whilst walking with his dog, his journey takes him to what seems to be a dimly lit plaza, lit in a way that it looks like it's on a stage. A circle of light shines upon the ground, like a spotlight, hinting at where the character should be within this scene. The poor man must metaphorically take centre stage and ultimately meet his doom.
As well as red, the colours of blue, yellow and sometimes flashes of green are used. Director, Dario Argento seems to have acted like a kid on christmas, playing with all his toys at once. 'And then there's Argento's masterful use of deep primary colours- the sets are bathe in garish green light (he acquired 1950's Technicolor stock to get the effect) giving the whole film a hallucinatory intensity' (Smith, 2015)
This then asks the question, is what we are seeing on the screen real, or is it just some made up fantasy within the mind of Suzy? Did she simply full into a trance upon leaving the school for the first time, after witnessing someone running from it in terror? These kind of questions never seem to get answered as the films plot reaches its outstandingly horrific, yet comedic end. Witches, bats and what seems to be a zombie, generic characters, that are seen countless times in movies of today, all play a part within the climax of 'Suspiria'.
Forget the plot of the film and gaze upon the screen in delight, each scene is a work of art.
'Suspiria' is an inspired piece of cinema that can open the minds of an audience through such outrageous yet beautiful imagery.
Gonzalez, E. (2001) 'Suspiria' At: http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/suspiria Accessed on: 1-12-2015
Pountain, D. (2015) 'Review: Suspiria (1977)' At:http://dpountain.com/2015/03/25/review-suspiria-1977/ Accessed on: 1-12-2015
Smith, A. (2015) 'Suspiria Review' At: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/suspiria/review/ Accessed on: 1-12-2015
Figure 1. 'Suspiria' [Film Poster] At: http://images.moviepostershop.com/suspiria-movie-poster-1977-1000436044.jpg Accessed on: 1-12-2015
Figure 2. [Film Still] At: http://www.letoilemagazine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/suspira1.jpg Accessed on: 1-12-2015
Figure 3. [Film Still] At: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BApUSasZ2nU/S7QsBYlnDZI/AAAAAAAAB_U/_PIa8obB_9Y/s1600/suspiria.jpg Accessed on: 1-12-2015