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  • Anatahan

    Anatahan

    ★★★★★

    Oh my fucking God.

  • Victory

    Victory

    ★★★½

    This is self-conscious aestethic porn, and I love it.

    Tourneur's films are always a pleasure to watch because of their cinematic beauty but this is where he goes all in: dramatic compositions, foreground imagery, chiaroscuro (and other lighting effects), extreme camera angles, texture (smoke, shadows), baroque tinting, depth of field.
    And we're only in 1919 !!

    Victory is a giant leap in the development of cinema towards a more visual style and it is easy to see Tourneur's film as a precursor to other stylist such as Josef von Sternberg all the way to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

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