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Apr 16, 2020
June 23, 2023

Inspiration during self-isolation continues. This week we are sharing some of the DOP’s choices for an escape into the world of cinema, right from the sofa in your living room and in your pajamas.

Arm yourself with popcorn, chill and dive in!


1. High Fidelity (2000) | Dir. Stephen Frears, DOP Seamus McGarvey

2. Punch drunk love (2002) | Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, DOP Robert Elswit

3. Lost in translation (2003) | Dir. Sofia Coppola, DOP Lance Acord

4. Lord of the rings (2001 – 2003) | Dir. Peter Jackson, DOP Andrew Lesnie

5. All Coen Brothers movies

High Fidelity, Punch drunk love, Lost in translation, Lord of the rings, Coen brothers

If you ask me, every day I can give you different top 5. That's why I start with "High Fidelity": not the best movie ever, but Rob makes top Fives all the time, about everything. And this film gives me emotion, I feel for the main character. I care about cinematography and analyzing and learning, but in the end its all about emotion.



1. Roma (2018) |Dir. Alfonso Cuarón, DOP Alfonso Cuarón

2. In the mood for love (2000) | Dir. Wong Kar-wai, DOP Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping Bin

3. Fish Tank (2009)| Dir. Andrea Arnold, DOP Robbie Ryan

4. The Dreamers (2003)| Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, DOP Fabio Cianchetti

5. Youth (2015) | Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, DOP Luca Bigazzi

Roma, In the mood for love, Fish Tank, The Dreamers, Youth


In the mood for love is probably one of the films that influenced me most, from a cinematographer’s perspective. I would classify the camera in this movie as "perverted." The overall atmosphere, set design and lighting are all great, the movements of the camera are refined to perfection ... nevertheless, the camera creates a sense of voyeurism, which I found impressive.


1. Let the right one in (2008) | Dir. Tomas Alfredson, DOP Hoyte Van Hoytema

2. Skammen (1968)| Dir. Ingmar Bergman, DOP Sven Nykvist

3. Zerkalo (1975) | Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, DOP Georgi Rerberg

4. Paris, Texas (1984) |Dir. Wim Wenders, DOP Robby Müller

5. Harakiri/Seppuki (1962) |Dir. Masaki Kobayashi, DOP Yoshio Miyajima

Let the right one in, Skammen, Zarkalo, Paris Texas, Harakiri/Seppuki

It really feels like being gently caressed and being hit by a truck both at the same time. A deep and pure emotion. Tarkovsky and Rerberg’s work manages to convey massive array of feelings and thoughts and experiences in maybe the most personal and human way I’ve seen in a film to date.



1. Stalker (1979) | Dir. A. Tarkovsky, DOP Aleksandr Knyazhinskiy, Georgi Rerberg, Leonid Kalashnikov.

2. Apocalypse Now (1979) | Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, DOP Vittorio Storaro

3. There will be blood (2007) | Dir. P. T. Anderson, DOP Robert Elswit

4. Irreversible (2002)| Dir. Gaspar Noe, DOP Benoit Debie

5. 28 days later (2002) | Dir. Danny Boyle, DOP Anthony Dod Mantle

Stalker, Apocalypse Now, There will be blood, Irreversible, 28 days later

Maybe that was the movie that sprung me into cinematography, because of how different it was compared to everything I saw back in school. I was both stunned and baffled about how they acomplished what we see captured. One of the most convincing and intricate movies I've seen. A very brave approach in filmmaking.



1. The King’s Speech (2010) | Dir. Tom Hooper, DOP Daniel Cohen

2. La Grande Bellezza (2013)| Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, DOP Luca Bugazzi

3. The fountain (2006) | Dir. Darren Aronofsky, DOP Matthew Libatique

4. Fences (2016) |Dir. Denzel Washington, DOP Charlote Bruus Christensen

5. The Revenant (2015)| Dir. Alejandro Inarritu, DOP Emmanuel Lubezki

The King's Speech, La Grande Bellezza, The fointain, Fences, The Revenant

If you want to make a good cake, you need to mix all the ingredients carefully with love and to shake them till you got homogeneous liquid. P. Sorrentino and L. Bigazzi  are a five star Pastry Chefs.