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Scorsese's Two Ten Best Lists for Use of Light & Color, From 'Vertigo' to 'In the Mood For Love'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2012 at 4:24PM

From the internet archives, check out two Ten Best lists from Martin Scorsese, which he did as a promo with Philips Electronics several years ago, via DVDtalk. The two lists are of films (one for domestic, another international) chosen for their use of light and color. Included are four films from the '40s, eight from the '50s...
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From the internet archives, check out two Ten Best lists from Martin Scorsese, which he did as a promo with Philips Electronics several years ago, via DVDtalk. The two lists are of films (one for domestic, another international) chosen for their use of light and color. Included are four films from the '40s, eight from the '50s, four from the '60s, two from the '70s, one from the '80s and only one from this century - Wang Kar-Wai's 2000 "In the Mood For Love." Trailers for "Mood" and 1943's "Phantom of the Opera" (the oldest on the lists) below.

How many have you seen?

English Language Films (in alphabetical order)
    •    Barry Lyndon (1975, Dir. Stanley Kubrick; Cin. John Alcott)
    •    Duel in the Sun (1946, Dir. King Vidor; Cin. Lee Garmes, Ray Rennahan, Hal Rosson)
    •    Invaders From Mars (1953, Dir. William Cameron Menzies; Cin. John F. Seitz)
    •    Leave Her to Heaven (1946, Dir. John M. Stahl; Cin. Leon Shamroy)
    •    Moby Dick (1956, Dir. John Huston; Cin. Oswald Morris)
    •    Phantom of the Opera (1943, Dir. Arthur Lubin; Cin. W. Howard Greene, Hal Mohr)
    •    The Red Shoes (1948, Dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; Cin. Jack Cardiff)
    •    The Searchers (1956, Dir. John Ford; Cin. Winton C. Hoch)
    •    Singin' in the Rain (1952, Dir. Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly; Cin. Harold Rosson)
    •    Vertigo (1958, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock; Cin. Robert Burks)

International Films (in alphabetical order)
    •    Contempt (1963, Dir. Jean-Luc Godard; Cin. Raoul Coutard; France/Italy)
    •    Cries and Whispers (1972, Dir. Ingmar Bergman; Cin. Sven Nykvist; Sweden)
    •    Gate of Hell (1953, Dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa; Cin. Kohei Sugiyama; Japan)
    •    In the Mood For Love (2000, Dir. Wong Kar-Wai; Cin. Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping-bin; Hong Kong)
    •    The Last Emperor (1987, Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci; Cin. Vittorio Storaro; Italy/United Kingdom/China/Hong Kong)
    •    Red Desert (1964, Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni; Cin. Carlo Di Palma; France/Italy)
    •    The River (1951, Dir. Jean Renoir; Cin. Claude Renoir; India/France/United States)
    •    Satyricon (1969, Dir. Federico Fellini; Cin. Giuseppe Rotunno; Italy/France)
    •    Senso (1954, Dir. Luchino Visconti; Cin. G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker, Giuseppe Rotunno; Italy)
    •    Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964, Dir. Sergei Paradjanov; Cin. Viktor Bestayev, Yuri Ilyenko; Russia/Ukraine)
 

This article is related to: Lists, Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese, Classics, Directors, Art Direction


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.