What’s the most beautiful thing on a movie? The plot? The characters? No, no. The colours. All the colours in a movie have a big significate. Every-single-time. There are a lot of types of nuances a director can chose with all his team. The movie marathon of this week is made with three different kind of colour groups.
- Curse of the golden flower, 2006, directed by Zhang Yimou, with Chou Yun-fat and Gong Li. It’s a wuxia movie (with martial heroes) with an epic explosion of colours. You can see that the colours replace the human emotions in an upside down way. Happy nuances synthesise bad feelings and viceversa. So for this film Zhang Yimou chose a saturated palette to emphasise all the emotions.
- Marie Antoinette, 2006, directed by Sofia Coppola, with Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. Marie Antoinette was a little girl when she became the dauphin of France. Sofia Coppola wanted us to see this movies with her teenager eyes: the atmosphere and teenaged music reflect and are meant to evoke Marie Antoinette’s perspective. So here’s why all those candy colours.
- Moonrise Kingdom, 2012, directed by Wes Anderson, with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and, yes, Bill Murray (I love you, Bill). A sepia palette made with yellow, green and light blue makes you feel in the season of love. And these colours highlight the love between Sam and Suzy. And make everything a bit hipster, but we can get over this.
Which movies would you have chosen for this marathon? Let me know.