Though the story of Frances Ha divided those of us who saw it into fans and cynics, its gorgeous aesthetics are bound to unite us all. With whimsical lightning and exquisite use of black and white, cinematographer Sam Levy (Wendy and Lucy) gives all beauty seekers a lesson in good taste.
To subtract colour is a route not many filmmakers take, making black and white films a rarity in modern days. We can think back to a time before technicolor and point out plenty of superb uses of this technique, and thankfully we can still do it with contemporary movies, such as Schindler’s List
, The White Ribbon
, Ed Wood
, The Man Who Wasn’t There
, and even the brand new Nebraska
. It can give a bold, creative feel to a film, like in Sin City
, or it can be a brand of luxurious elegance, as in Good Night and Good Luck
. In Frances Ha
, black and white provides an intimate, particular atmosphere that matches its protagonist’s peculiar life views.
warning: long picture post ahead!
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