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Old 09-15-03, 03:22 PM   #26
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I guess Hitchcock should be on this list, particularly for Rear Window, North By Northwest, Vertigo and the Birds.
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Old 09-15-03, 05:31 PM   #27
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David Lean, without a doubt. Go watch "Lawrence of Arabia" sometime and tell me he didn't write the book on widescreen for the ages.

Ridley Scott? Gimme a break. If the cluttered CGI confusion of "Gladiator" is the best example we can come up with, I say "thumbs down". A decent director but not a widescreen master scenarist by any means.
David Lean did not write the book on widescreen for the ages.
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Old 09-15-03, 05:46 PM   #28
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Stanley Kubrick.

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I'll go with PTA also. He still shoots his films anamorphically, whereas many like Fincher, Scott, Mendes, et. al, shoot Super-35, which allows for some additional visual information in a 4:3 version.

Of course, the composition is what's important, and whether Panavision or Super-35 is used is irrelevant to that, but I think the films of PTA and others who use Panavision would look worse in pan and scan than a director who uses Super-35. In fact, I missed Magnolia in theaters so I rented the
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since it came out a month before the DVD did, and in one scene they had letterbox bars temporarily scroll into the image because there was just no way they could have done it with pan and scan. If only it could have been that way for the whole movie!
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Old 09-15-03, 11:26 PM   #29
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Sir David Lean
Sergio Leone
Michael Mann
Peter Jackson
Michael Bay (seriously, Pearl Harbor had pretty goos shot composition- everything else sucked...)
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Old 09-16-03, 08:47 AM   #30
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Luc Besson
Bernado Bertolluci
Ken Russell
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen, City of Lost Children)
John Sturges (Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape)


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Old 09-16-03, 02:27 PM   #31
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David Lean, IMO end of story!
I think God invented widescreen so Lean could give us "Lawrence of Arabia".
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Old 09-16-03, 03:03 PM   #32
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Stanley Kubrick.

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Old 09-16-03, 03:25 PM   #33
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Old 09-16-03, 03:25 PM   #34
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I have to go with Lean as well. There are very few directors that are even close... and IMHO Carpenter isn't one of them.

Lean's WS shot compositions in Zhivago, Kwai, A Passage to India, and of course LOA are practically unrivalled.
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Old 09-16-03, 06:46 PM   #35
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Wes Anderson is the first person I thought of. After reading the posts I would have to say Hitchcock and Ridley Scott as well.
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Old 09-16-03, 07:13 PM   #36
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SOOOOOOO John Carpenter! Ridley Scott has become a widescreen sellout, first by going to Super-35 (with its full frame transfer friendly aspect ratio variability), and then to 1.85. I blame his new DOP John Matheison, personally!
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