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I started watching this film yesterday. Every time a conversation about films with great photography begins, this film is mentioned. I Like a lot Stanley Kubrick films. One of the things that make his films stand out is precisely the photography. And this one is a masterpiece. Although to be honest, I find it a bit boring. Its three hours long, and I still have to find a remaining spare hour to finish it. But as I say, it is mostly enjoyable even if you just stare at your TV screen for the sake of the pictures.
The exterior shots usually have a dramatic skies and great compositions. The light is wonderful. Interior shots are of another kind altogether. Kubrick was really involved in technical aspects of the design of special lenses for getting the result he wanted. He didn’t use any kind of fill light, just the available light on the rooms. The candle lit shots just look amazing. Considering that the film was shot in the 70’s, that is a great achievement.
I might finish watching this film tonight…