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WWRRD



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This is kind of hard to explain, but I'm gonna try...

While watching the films like "The Holy Mountain", "The Color of Pomegranates", and "Lola", I'm struck by the stark color; I'm not sure how to explain it, it's sharp, but with a edge of degradation I don't see in films of that period or now in American films. I want to chalk it up to old film, but we're talking in one case 1988!

Nowadays, 'color correction' seems to result in a 'monochromatic' look in films like 'The Matrix', among others, but I was shocked at the look of these films.

I hope somebody knows what I'm talking about until I can get away from work and post some clips...

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Funny you mention it - I'm going to see Holy Mountain tonight. It's a 35mm print from a DI, so that precludes age degradation (maybe). But maybe I'll see what you mean.

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WWRRD



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Holy Mountain on the big screen???

Lu-cky!! Shocked

I can't even imagine how cool that would be.

I'll be interested in what you think about it. I thought it was pretty amazing, and got the soundtrack right away.

L

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WWRRD



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Post Some stills that may or may not help... Reply with quote
http://www.filmref.com/directors/dirpages/images/pomegranates.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/spicebrain/lola.jpg

http://www.thefader.com/blog/files/jodorowsky.jpg

Color of Pomegranates trailer: http://www.videodetective.com/?publishedid=557226

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WWRRD



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Well, since this thread has been all me, what will one more post hurt?

I recently saw "Tears of the Black Tiger" and "Citizen Dog", two much more modern films that have the same bold colors.
TotBT was filmed in Black and White, with colour added digtially...

L

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mkeep



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I don't know but you have great taste! The Holy Mountain and the Color of Pomegranates are two of my favorites.

I think it all comes down to production design. You can't get a look like that in post if the colors aren't there on the set to begin with. If I had to characterize the look of these movies I would say that it was a combination of a bright and saturated color palette used in the production design, and the somewhat more desaturated, subdued and natural look of the film stocks of the time.

I think that modern digital cameras and some modern film stocks tend to be more saturated and contrasty for that popular "Fuji" kind of look. Maybe if you can shoot with more of a flat, natural color setting on your camera and then make sure you're getting your intense colors on the set, you might get closer to that look.
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