Originally Posted by gbaby
While some marveled over the picture quality, I beg to differ. I saw no need for the stylized filming that muted the colors and affected the overall resolution and clarity of the movie. i guess the film makers were trying to make the movie look like the period of 1917 when film may have looked like it. But, with modern technology, I see no reason to make films look dated when film technology has advanced to where we are now.
Certainly, in the reality of 1917, the earth didn't look dated, but look like it looks now. The picture quality of a movie should reflect current film technology. Film was dated looking in 1917 because that was the film technology of that time. So, why in 2019 when the movie was filmed, should it look dated.
Yes! Concur wholeheartedly! Whatever intrinsic messaging inherent to baking in the muted colors is hopelessly muddled by the very fact that these are post-production techniques. They are intentionally altering the way things appear, presumably for an effect. What is that effect? To hold us at further remove from immersion into the time and place? Inescapably remind us, moment to moment, that we are not there, never were.
One might think that given the multi-generational remove from the bygone era of 1917, films targeted to replicating the moment in time might be much better served by ultra-realism -- the better to promote our identification and projection of ourselves into time and place, the better to make palpable the reality of these events to us. If replicating the look of film
, actually the film technology of the time was black and white and silent -- wasn't until the later 20s that sound was introduced. So, if that were the objective, this movie should have been black and white and silent.
Sepia, earth tones, denatured hues possibly harken to photography
of the 1800s (and beyond), but then there is no evading the moment to moment awareness that we are less involved, standing outside the action presented, as if shuffling through old west or portraiture photography.
I am definitely with you gbaby! Thanks for articulating this POV!