NOIR 2.0 drains colour, bringing life to the cinematography of contemporary films re-imagining them in glorious BLACK & WHITE.
The cinematography of the classic, stylish film noirs influenced generations of filmmakers. The restricted camera movement and lack of colour to emphasize themes forced artists to craft provocative compositions to elicit emotions and heighten the tension. The craft is still alive! Today, directors embellish camera angles and lightning to create atmosphere and help absorb us into their vision.
By envisioning movies in black and white, it shines a spotlight on the cinematography. While we can do this at home by adjusting the colour settings on our television, the deliberate adjustment of brightness and contrast levels further enhances the overall vision.
This photographic series aims to remind the audience how genre films respect the art while delivering on the popcorn.
NOIR: VOLUME 2 highlights the Italian cult classic BAY OF BLOOD (1971) from legendary horror director MARIO BAVA. A stylish cinematographer who is known for his vibrant use of colours, Bava also composed beautiful frames featured in this edition of NOIR 2.0.
The film inspired the slasher genre that would explode years later with John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. Some scenes were even directly copied / payed ‘homage’ to in FRIDAY THE 13th. * Quick review here.
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BAY OF BLOOD
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