Thursday Movie Picks: Female Cinematographers

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today, we’ll so some appreciation for amazing female cinematographers!

#1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Ellen Kuras

This is an amazing movie all-around. To a large part that is due to the expert cinematography of Ellen Kuras. Just take a look at the trailer and you’ll see immideately what I mean!

#2 The Neon Demon – Natasha Braier

Here’s the thing: I didn’t like the film too much because some of the acting fell flat and the story didn’t quite work for me. The only thing that redeemed it, however, is the outstanding cinematography. Look at those visuals! It’s simply stunning.

#3 Velvet Goldmine – Maryse Alberti

Just look at how beautifully this was filmed! How can you not love this movie?!

What’s your favorite film by female cinematographers? Let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Female Cinematographers

  1. I’ll grant you that all three of these are beautifully shot but for the first two that was the only redeeming quality.

    Everyone seems to love Eternal Sunshine but I hated it….but compared to my utter loathing of Neon Demon it’s nothing. There are few films I dislike as much.

    I didn’t love Velvet Goldmine but it had its interesting points and Ewan McGregor certainly throws himself into his part.

    After hunting around quite a bit I found three films that I’d seen though I hadn’t realized at the time that they were lensed by women.

    Beach Rats (2017)-Teen Frankie (Harris Dickinson) drifts aimlessly between his bleak home life, his loser friends, a potential new girlfriend and the older men he meets online. While narratively diffuse, cinematographer Hélène Louvart immerses the film in a shifting collage of mood and atmosphere, smells, sounds, colors, the look of skin in sunlight and darkness, back-lit by the seedy-glamorous colored lights of the picture’s Coney Island setting.

    Beau Travail (1999)-French Foreign Legion sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) must deal with his jealousy when new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) becomes a hero in the eyes of his men. Frustrated that Forestier (Michel Subor) the superior he admires, does not share his resentment for Sentain, Galoup’s envy of the recruit becomes too much for him bear and his downward spiral begins. Cinematographer Agnès Godard uses the sun-bleached terrains of the film’s East Africa setting and juxtaposes it to the sun kissed taut physiques of the participants creating what was termed a “voluptuous austerity” upon the picture’s release.

    Swoon (1992)-A highly stylized recounting of the infamous thrill killing of young Bobby Frank by rich teens Nathan Leopold Jr. (Craig Chester) and Richard Loeb (Daniel Schlachet) that led to one of the most notorious trials of the 1920’s. Cinematographer Ellen Kraus uses a black & white palette to blend the anachronistic touches of the film into the disturbing sadomasochistic tone of the story.

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  2. Nice picks! We match with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I chose Maryse for another film, but had no idea she did Velvet Goldmine. So cool! The Neon Demon is on my to-watch list.

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