Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Cries and Whispers


This week on Hit me with your best shot we tackled a film by the esteemed Ingmar Bergman - "Cries and Whispers". This was my first viewing of the film and as expected, I found it to be a fascinating, singular piece of work. It even resonated with the Academy, managing some major nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay etc.). In my case, I was entranced by its ability to be so austere and yet highly emotional at the same time. The 4 actresses (Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann) are especially fabulous in this regard.

Of its 5 nominations, it managed to win Best Cinematography and it's certainly deserved. For this series, the image that stood out to me most is said to have deep thematic meaning for the film (the use of the colour red). I however, chose it as my best shot for purely aesthetic reasons. I love everything about it - the framing, the dresses, the actresses' poses, the decor. It looks like a high fashion editorial and strongly conveys Bergman's artful vision.

Click below for my favourite shot...

2 comments:

  1. A great shot from one of my favorite films. In Bergman's memoir, he said that he had a still image in his head for decades, that of a large room, bathed in red, with three women sitting in it. It was from that image that the entirety of Cries and Whispers was born. So cool that you picked that image.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alex. I definitely remember you being very fond of this film and its themes and I revisited some of your older posts yesterday. So glad I finally got around to watching it.

      Delete