Forum Thread: What is your favorite film (for its cinematography)?

We all know the usual go to's for this one (Days of Heaven, Conformist, Assassination of Jesse James, etc.), but be creative.  And more importantly, why?

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I say Barry Lyndon. Not for the stupid F.7 candlelight stuff, for the insane, studied and posed composition and lighting choices. I guess the opposite end of the spectrum, total freedom and improvisation of the camera, with a wild yet largely naturalistic lighting would have to be Diving Bell and Butterfly. While in the former, every frame breathes with a cynicism and cold outlook for humanity as small, barbaric animals, the latter has all the fleeting beauty of youth and life and vigour. I really like them both because they kinda remind me how far things have already been pushed in either direction.

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