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Qualities Of Better Films #12 of 31: Application Of Techniques

What is it that we love when we love a film? What is my taste and why is it not your taste? Is there really something that makes a movie good? I went a long time without asking these questions. I think most of do and probably a large share of us never really ask these questions of ourselves. We watch, walk away, ponder, but are content to just feel it in the moment. But yet, if art film is a film which we feel compelled to talk about after we see it, what is it that we want to talk about? What makes it work, or not? THIS IS PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS (AT LEAST FOR ME PERSONALLY):

Did the filmmaker consider all the tools and methods available to them and utilize them well? Did they inspire their team, and did their collaborators in turn inspire them? Are they thinking about the frame, the light, the way they move the camera, the influence of the design? Are such techniques breaking new ground? Do they demonstrate evidence that they know how such techniques were utilized in other films? Is the application of them aligned with the film’s other aspects?

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