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the opening shots of julian schnabel’s “the diving bell and the butterfly” put us with the protagonist, in literal visual perspective and feeling. the eye, the single part of jean-do that remains sensory, conveys acute, visceral details, showing us the vulnerability of his locked-in syndrome.
cinematography by janusz kaminski / screenplay by ronald harwood
early emphasis on eyeglasses in “tinker tailor soldier spy” signals to the viewer the importance of observation in unraveling a dense mystery that the film’s look enhances; each shot is somehow artfully, visually obscured…
frames from tinker tailor soldier spy: directed by tomas alfredson / cinematography by hoyte van hoytema / art direction by tom brown and zsuzsa kismarty-lechner / production design by maria djurkovic / costume design by jaqueline durran
screenplay by bridget o’connor & peter staughan based on the novel by john le carre