This Video Essay Is Great on Richard Linklater’s Subtle, Intimate Cinematography

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July 23 2014 9:31 PM

This Video Essay Is Great on Richard Linklater’s Subtle, Intimate Cinematography

More than meets the eye.

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Richard Linklater’s films are known more for their plotlessness and structured naturalism than their visual style. Thats understandable: his camerawork is subtle, and more concerned with getting the right shot for the right moment than producing striking images for their own sake. Thankfully, Nelson Carvajals new video essay gives this underrated work its due, demonstrating just how brilliantly Linklaters films use cinematography to immerse the viewer.

From Slacker to Boyhood, Linklaters camera induces a sense of easy intimacy with a film's characters, even in scenes of rambling conversation and philosophical discussion. Theres no flashy composition, but the trippy landscapes of Waking Life and beautiful long takes of Before Midnight enthrall the audience, making us feel each moment as though its lived experience. Enjoy. 


(via Indiewire.)

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