The Artist’s Schiffman Talks Retro Code

I spoke with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman about shooting The Artist in black and white for my TOH column at Indiewire.  Schiffman turned it into a code predicated on the rise and fall of silent star George Valentin (Oscar-contending Jean Dujardin). It was a back to basics approach in which Valentin was depicted at the outset in crisp black and white and got grayer and muddier as the film progressed. The more dramatic, the greater the presence of shadows; the more comic, the lighter in tone it got.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar

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