Originally Posted by 42041
Modern anamorphic 35mm IS clean. It's not the 80s. Since you were literally watching an analog print, there's no possible way it could have a "digital" look.
Yes it could a combination of how it's filmed and how it's lit can give an unnatural appearance that many would associate with digital. It probably has been seen in some films before but these days we are more primed to notice it. Lots of directors go for altered color schemes, that steely gray in Spielberg's War of the Worlds comes to mind.