You just want to lick the screen, they're so yummy.
You just want to lick the screen, they're so yummy.
I agree. The visuals and music score of this film are fantastic
THE PEARL (1947). Adaptation of John Steinbeck's short novel. Director Emilio Fernandez. Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.
Every frame is a work of art.
Devil is a Woman - Von Sternberg. But if I licked it, it would cut me and poison me.
Lola Montès, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Mystery of Rampo, Snow Country (the most gorgeous movie in history), Woman in the Dunes,
A lot of Visconti - The Leopard for example. Bertolucci. The Universal horror movies of the 30's - mostly gorgeous. The 5eme Element.
Vincente Minnelli. Busby Berkeley.
The Silence by Ingmar Bergman Sofia Coppola movies like Marie Antoinette, The Beguiled are pretty
Why do grown people insist on using the word "yummy?"
The Grand Budapest Hotel (all his films)
Manhattan, Annie Hall, & Hannah And Her Sisters.
All David Lynch films.
The Godfather Trilogy.
Fannie And Alexander.
The Age Of Innocence
Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet."
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and The Young Girls Of Rocherfort
Death in Venice.
Days of Heaven (1978)
Cinematography by Néstor Almendros
Out of Africa will always be that film for me. I was only eleven when I saw it for the first time and it moved me immensely. I immediately read the book. I watch it every year or so and it always amazes me how stunningly well woven the cinematography and score are. Plus, the casting, script and acting are all magnificent.
A lot of good choices here and several I've now put on my list to see. I'd add the Pressburger/Powell movie version of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann (1952). The restored version shown last year was ravishing.
The Tarsam Singh movies The Cell and The Fall. The TV show Hannibal.
Femme Fatale, Most of David Lynch's movies, Suspiria, Sleeping Beauty (the best looking disney movie ever), Akira, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in The Shell, Taxi Driver, The Godfather II, To Live and Die in LA
In the Mood for Love
Hey R19 - I saw Tales of Hoffman last year as well and I was honestly disappointed - given how famous a visual film it is. The sets & costumes are indeed singular - you could love the style or not depending on your taste but there’s no arguing they are striking and memorable - but the experience of the film itself just bored me - ultimately too stage bound and static for my taste & I usually like oddball cinema - like Last Year At Marienbad - which is very very beautiful to look at.
Lawrence of Arabia
r4, Woman in the Dunes is also one of my favorites. The book, too.
Days of Heaven
The Band Wagon
Sweet Smell of Success
La Dolce Vita
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
In the Mood for Love
The Boy Friend
The Red Shoes
Blade Runner + Blade Runner 2049
Raise the Red Lantern has its moments of beauty
Another Powell/Pressburget nomination. Black Narcissus. Every frame is ravishing. No one used the Technicolor process the way these men did.
For some odd reason I have always found Scorsese's version of Cape Fear stunning. The lighting/photography/camera angles/flow- just a beautiful film.
Mommie Dearest is a beautiful film.
The Prince of Tides
A lot of film noir was gorgeous. Again, if you lick it, you'll lacerate your tongue.
Orlando is a gorgeous film.
The Year of Living Dangerously.
The English Patient
A Very Long Engagement
The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon were back to back Peter Bogdanovich movies that had remarkable cinematography, editing, sound design and costuming. Although Paper Moon is a comedy, it is full of haunting imagery. And though a dark drama, The Last Picture Show has quirky crazy scenes, like the nude bathing party of the high school movers and shakers.
Two of the best put together American movies of the of the 70s.
I like the scene in Orlando when she walks down the long long long corridor wearing her huge hooped skirt and she has to swish it back and forth to get around the furniture, which is all draped with dust cloths. It's pretty and witty and sly.
House Of Sand And Fog
The Witches Of Eastwick
A Room with a View
"Alien" is one of the most visually immersive and stunning looking films ever produced. The late Derek Vanlint(who also was DP on "Dragonslayer) was an underrated master of his craft. It's a shame he only made TWO films. Ridley Scott used to make the most visually stunning films but his need to stay relevant and the use of digital capture and intermediaries has destroyed the unique look and intangible quality that made his work special.
Great Expectations (1998) directed by Alfonso Cuaron -- a very aesthetically pleasing film. Stars Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro, a hot Ethan Hawke, Gwynnie, Hank Azaria, and Chris Cooper. Lots of Francesco Clemente paintings that he made for the film. Donna Karan designed the wardrobe. Gorgeous set design that included an overgrown/crumbling Ca' d'Zan (the Ringling house in Sarasota), and which used a lovely green palette throughout the film. Watched it obsessively on VHS when I was in the 8th grade.
The Talented Mr. Ripley is also gorgeous. I remember watching it many times on VHS, too, right around the time Great Expectations came out.
From the Master of Light: Ridley Scott's "Legend" -
His use of light is the most important 'character' of his films, much like NYC is the most important 'character' in Scorsese's films.
Lolita. The Adrian Lyne one. As a matter of fact, all of his films are pretty yummy.
Women In Love
Baby, you could have shot that hot wrestling scene on a $50 VHS camcorder and it STILL would have turned out gorgeous.
Powertool with Jeff Stryker had a shiny 80's neo-noir feeling with very stark lighting.
Last Year at Marienbad - I still don't really understand anything that happens in it, because every time I try to watch it I just get lost in the sumptuous visuals
[R18] I wholeheartedly agree. My all-time favorite movie, I loved the music and scenery and the story and I also read the book after the movie and another on Karen Blixen's life.
Chariots of Fire
The color Purple
Pretty much everything by Tarkovsky. Relatedly, Melancholia (2011) by Lars von Trier:
Powertool with Jeff Stryker had a shiny 80's neo-noir feeling with very stark lighting.
Unfairly snubbed at the Oscars, except for its screenplay.
"The Night of the Hunter"
German Expressionism surrealistically blended with American Midwest Regionalism and channeled through the lens of an English director...yet somehow it all works.
American Psycho (2000), directed by Mary Harron
Was watching "Forbidden Planet" on Bluray the other week and it felt so immersive, warm and enveloping which is what I want a film experience to be visually. The warmth and depth of a restored and remastered classic Technicolor film has,for me, never been surpassed in terms of color saturation,range and visual luxury.
Would love to see Disney's Sleeping Beauty in it's original roadshow, Super Technarama 70MM print.
CGI animation does not impress me.
THIS level of handcrafted quality........now, THAT impresses me.
Lean's later epics - even something like Ryan's Daughter, while paltry on a narrative level, is a pleasure to watch, if only because that era of epic 70mm filmmaking has passed
Zabriskie Point - all of Antonioni's films are beautiful, but this one really stands out for me, and it has one of my all time favorite endings
Many of the films directed by William Dieterle had beautiful, Expressionist use of light and shadow:
Portrait of Jennie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster)
(Dieterle co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Max Reinhardt, but the lovely visual effects can be found in other Dieterle films.)
Gorillas In The Mist
r75, shut up, Leo. And fuck off.
Samsara and Baraka were really visually stunning.
R51, Goldsmith's score isn't nearly as good in that scene as Tangerine Dream's for the Legend waltzing scene. The dancing scene is a little shorter with the Tangerine Dream score but the score produces much more tension. The Goldsmith version is nice, old fashioned like an old movie from the 30's but almost corny, and I feel there is no tension, it doesn't really build up the scene to what is, for Lilly, the horrific climax like the Tangerine Dream one does.
The Leopard, The White Ribbon, Fall of the Roman Empire, The Company of Wolves
And yet another nod to Powell and Pressburger: A Canterbury Tale (1944). The scenes outside of the cathedral were stunning, as is most of the movie.
Fun fact: Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind) was killed by a speeding car while walking to a screening of this movie.
The BBC production of "Pride & Prejudice."
The Lord of the Rings trilogy with all of that amazing New Zealand scenery.
House of Flying Daggers
Ken Russell's THE MUSIC LOVERS. Please someone restore this film. Some of the most beautiful imagery I've ever seen on film comes from this film. Even when Russell misses the mark, his work is always totally original. I first saw this when I was a teenager and it has always been a favorite. A few years ago, Russell's films were screened at Lincoln Center and I got the great privilege of seeing THE MUSIC LOVERS again, this time with a sophisticated audience and Mr. Russell in the house. This is what the OP requested. A simply gorgeous film.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Interview with the Vampire,
Sound of Music
Paris and Salzburg and their environs, respectively are shown quite beautifully, respectively in these films.
"Dawson's 50 Load Weekend"
Note the carefully composed framing and how the subtextual emotion of the scene is captured by the lens through use of innovative lighting, angle and effect techniques.
The Adventures of Robin Hood. Technicolor so bright your eyes will ache.
All of Julie Taymor's films
The Shape of Water
The City of Lost Children
Black Swan (2010)
A Single Man (2009)
Penny Dreadful was beautiful to watch.
Les adieux à la reine
La mort de Louis Quatorze
Se7en Beautiful in its own Twisted way. Fincher's best.
OP, thanks for this thread. "Yummy" is the right word. And such great replies.
John Alton was a master of b/w film, lots of noirs, like "Raw Deal" and "The Big Combo." He wrote a book about it, called, iirc, "Painting with Light."
R80, I doubt that Margaret Mitchell thought it was such a fun fact.
House of Flying Daggers was filmed in the Siberian forest. The scenery was gorgeous. Takeshi Kaneshiro was gorgeous.
Bram Stoker's Dracula was a feast for the eyes. It had the most beautiful-looking cast:: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Monica Belluci
Babette’s feast love love love this chariots of fire a single man pride and prejudice with Colin Firth BBC gorgeous movies indeed and serie
Can't help it but I love Titanic.
Fellowship of the Ring for live action. For animated the anime series Gankutsuou, a retelling of Count of Monte Cristo. The animation is really weird at first but it's unique and beautiful and I love it. Beautiful music, too.
Mira Nair's Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996). Absolutely luscious visually.
Thanks R79 for the reminder of The Company of Wolves. Great film and yes, it looks beautiful. As an added bonus Dame Angela Lansbury gets to say 'piss in a pot'.
Peter Greenaway's Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
I've seen the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice mentioned a couple of times, but the Keira Knightly version also has some beautiful scenery and score.
BONJOUR TRiSTESSE (1958)
Directed by Otto Preminger. If you've never seen this eyefeast of cinematography I highly recommend it. David Niven is a middle aged Lothario who fucks anything that moves; Jean Seberg plays his equally amoral teenaged daughter. Deborah Kerr plays Ann, best friend of Niven's late wife who comes to visit them at their summer rental. Excellent film & one of my favorites.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
R114 , I literally threw up after watching the Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. If only (spoiler) they hadn't made the singing child eat a button. Visually, that film is stunning, but I imagine it to be similarly visceral to Aronofsky's "Mother" which I will only see if they make a version for children.
Yes, literally, on the Rue de L'Odéon, just past midnight.
I don’t rate many of Terrence Malick’s films but I can’t deny the visceral visual poetry of THE THIN RED LINE. Every scene lures you in with its palette & composition, and there’s something new to notice each time.
I’ve read that some of the lingering still shots, such as a young soldier watching a butterfly, were based on frames found in ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.
LAST EMPEROR is muddle-headedly gorgeous.
SALO is a beautiful study. So much brown, so much red, so little pink.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
So many scenes in that movie are lit like they are lifted directly from a Vermeer. Stunning.
Howard's End.t Love the opening scene with Vanessa Redgrave walking in the garden in the twilight.
Thief by Michael Mann with James Caan and Tuesday Weld and an amazing soundtrack from Tangerine Dream.
Sean Young was the best thing in Blade Runner.
Raise the Red Lantern
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Great Expectations (1947)
Out of the Past
The Little Foxes
The Third Man
I remember when I saw CHOCOLATE, I thought "I'm glad I'm seeing this on the big screen." It's very pretty, set in a small French village, etc.
BOUND, from its opening shot, has a very clean, hyper focused look. It's really quite beautiful. Very imaginative. It didn't have a big budget, and you can just sense the directors saying, "Okay, we're can just afford about 3 sets...but they're going to look great."
Do you really need to post 500 times? You can't just narrow it down to 2 or 3 examples?
R156 Who are you addressing?
R157 Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in THE HUNGER (1983)
I wanted to live in that townhouse from THE HUNGER!!! Mr. Scott had only made TV commercials up to that time, I think, and this movie has a very slick, lux look.
I made my (straight) sister watch "Bringing Up Baby" and she said, "Is this why your house is all white??" And I said, "OMG...PROBABLY!!"
R9 Why do grown people insist on using the word "yummy?"
Because that's how your pussy tastes...
R158, you really can't tell that r130-r143, r145, r146, r148, r151, r154 are the same person? That is not interesting.
R42 Wings of A Dove
That is my favorite movie, ever. And Linus Roache (unfortunate last name) is gorgeous.
Baby, I'ma want you....
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK.
I wish Sofia Coppola had remade it instead of THE BEGUILED.
R162, dear? I'm R130, et al, and not pretending to be anyone other than I am. Consider my contributions to the thread, or take no notice of them. It's all good. I love movies, many movies, and I like to share.
OTOH.... I think you should go to bed. You've posted once, and it's not remotely interesting.
R160, you have the wonderful Billy Haines for your love of all white design. And Carole Lombard for hiring him after Louis B Mayer made him choose between his career and Jimmy Shields.
According to Joan Crawford, he and Jimmy Shields had the best marriage in Hollywood.
R169 According to Joan Crawford, he and Jimmy Shields had the best marriage in Hollywood.
Don't mention that WHORE FROM MGM in my presence.
HOWARDS END is luscious, my favorite of the Merchant/Ivory films.
A Funny thing is, they would always get away with paying their actors hardly anything, and they were taken aback when Vanessa Redgrave asked for her usual salary. She was like, "I'm OLD. I need MONEY." And they were saying, "This is an art film!!" And she said (figuratively) "You can stuff your art!"
They finally paid her what she wanted, but they were grumpy about it. Hahahahaha!
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
A Light in the Piazza
Don't Look Now
Gods and Monsters
Gorgeous costume for Julie Christie costume for HAMLET R172
This Welsh couturier, Patricia Lester, made some of the pleated silk dresses for THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, too.
She-Devil with Roseanne and Meryl
Out of Africa
Prince of Tides
The Secret Garden.
Haven't seen it in years, but the beauty and look of the film stuck with me ever seen I first saw it as a kid.
The History Boys
I find the scenery in movies or tv shows set in the 1900s utterly fascinating. I loved watching The Knick on Cinemax. The attention to detail in the production was amazing. It was a beautiful looking show, if only it was on HBO, it would have been seen by more people.
There are so many films that I love, those films are a great gift.
Lawrence of Arabia, an epic movie made without CGI. David Lean made this picture in the real desert, with real natural light, a thousand extras and a thousand camels.
What movie is that @R34?
R34 is Orlando
Wow. Close to 200 posts and not much mention of those color-drenched MGM Technicolor spectaculars.
R125 - Howards End - Young Sam West walking through the country side at night and dawn through fields filled with blue flowers. Heavenly imaged and very violent juxtaposition of natures beauty and softness combined with the cruelty of that character's situation.
Agree R153...something about the cozy winter setting. And Trintignant was at his most attractive and charming. Most great Rohmer films have a summery beach setting, but this is an exception. He's proof that you can make great looking films on a very small scale and low budget (sort of the opposite of Lawrence of Arabia, which I also love, and which demands to be seen on as huge a screen as possible).
Yes, the snow. I was even looking for a nice image with snow. That was what I was looking for. I wanted something nicer than what I linked but what I linked is ok. Yes, the coziness of the snow, and the intimate interior with the chair, sofa, bed and conversation.
The cozy quality of winter or Christmastime (just looking at images of Maud I noticed a Christmas tree in the background of a scene) are also in other films mentioned in this thread Holiday (1938) and Carol which also have cozy, intimate interiors and conversation.
Any Merchant Ivory film
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and not just because Aishwarya Rai is in it.
Right, it also has Salman Khan!
Christopher Doyle is a gifted cinematographer who has contributed to many beautiful films. His collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai are sumptuous.
The Age of Innocence
Those two Tom Ford movies
Bram Stokers Dracula
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Wizard of Oz
Snow Falling on Cedars
The Shape of Water.
Written on the Wind
All That Heaven Allows
That animated one with the Japanese kids who starved to death during WWII
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE owns this thread. One of the most gorgeous movies ever.
Some will disagree because of the subject matter but Dolores Claiborne .
The King and I. The Shall We Dance number is some of the most gorgeous five minutes ever filmed. It looks like they're actually floating. You can tell that every last person who had anything to do with this movie was completely in love with making it.
This thread became treacly vomit 100 posts ago.
Perfect, R18. Just what I needed.
Moonlight, Splendor in the Grass, The Trip to Bountiful
Indiscretion of an American Wife
The Black Stallion
The Grapes of Wrath
Body and Soul
The chiaroscuro-esque proportions of "Fanny and Alexander". Beautiful, yet slightly distorted, as if to reflect the memory of a child.
Legend (1985). You can almost feel and smell the wind in some of the scenes.
Love this thread. I don't understand the (fortunately few) haters on here.
Of course movie taste is completely subjective.
Guess what? Worst case scenario: someone introduces you to a film you've never known, previously ignored, or never really, really looked at before.
R220 [sound stage]
I actually prefer the (admittedly empty) 1974 GATSBY to the 2013 version, which just felt like... too much to me. Frenetic.
Neither version completely captures the gorgeous sadness of the novel. Both are miscast. But at least the lazier rhythms of the 1974 version allow one to appreciate the stunning costumes, sets, lighting, and locales more than the latter.
yes, way to much cgi bullshit in the latter
A Single Man had a beautiful retro feel to it, even if at times it looked more like a perfume commercial.
+1 for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. Every single aspect of this film is exquisite.