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Come and See (3 replies and 2 comments)

Gustavo Perez
2 months ago
Gustavo Perez 2 months ago

I have to say that for a war film... I was struck by how beautiful the film was. However, I was so engrossed in the film by the second half that I can't exactly have any meaningful conversation about the cinematography. I was so in the film that I even missed the split diopter shots until someone had pointed them out to me after the fact!

Other than that I can't exactly explain why, but when the boy first talked to Glasha I was taken away with how pretty the shot of her was. I will also admit that I misinterpreted Florya repeating the line "I want to love" as some suggestion that the girl with the whistle was Glasha.

 

THE LIGHTING!... I have no idea if they used a single light in the film... so if they did I need to find a word more potent than "impressed". His physical change from the nice youthful boy to a scabbed up mess was also incredibly moving for me. When he sees the girl and says" To love. To bare children" was when I could really feel like his change was actualized and accepted by Florya. I found the film to be beautiful despite the fact that what was happening in a singular context was awful.

In a weird way It was comforting to see another young mans coming of age story match my own internal journey through tragedy. I sound insane... but I found a horrible depiction of violence to have been beautiful, not only in its photography but in content as well. 

 

If anyone has other film recommendations please do drop them!

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

You could check out our podcast with the cinematographer of 'Come and See', Aleksei Rodionov. He talks at length about the film.

Gustavo Perez
2 months ago

I will! That must have been awesome to have been able to deep dive into the film.

Gustavo Perez
2 months ago

Also, I watched this film (and have some others I still need to watch) on your recommendation. And I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for bringing such a moving piece to my attention. I still have a few films to cross off the list, however, it's already been worth its weight in gold to just watch these films.

Gustavo Perez
2 months ago
Gustavo Perez 2 months ago

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Right! You have a few more to go!

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