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Watch: Which Movies Have the Greatest Cinematography?

Over at Fandor Keyframe, Scout Tafoya muses about what makes a great cinematographer. “None of us seems to quite have the same definition of great photography,” he intones. “It seems that none of us agree what a cinematographer is supposed to do, what their relationship is with the image, the camera itself.”

He asked dozens of critics to select ten films that feature their version of ideal photography in order to see if there was any common ground among them. He then created a video essay (above) analyzing the films that received the most votes, including The Tree of Life, The Conformist, Days of Heaven, The Magnificent Ambersons and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. You can read all of the critics’ responses (and add your own) here.


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