Monday, June 29, 2009

Colors: Diva

Diva is a film that is up there at the top of my list as one of the most memorable viewing experiences ever. I remember going to the Belcourt theater in Nashville with Jeremy to see a special screening of Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, which was right before the new release of the DVD came out. I was immediately struck by how blue the film looked. Blue is definitely the predominating color in the film: blue lighting, blue sets and props, and sometimes blue wardrobe. In the DVD extras and interviews, Beineix and other cast and crew members talk about how blue and yellow were two colors that intentionally dominated the film, but I just noticed the blue appearance of the film. Of course there are other colors that pop out in Diva, but if you watch it, it definitely feels like a heavily blue film. To me Diva is a masterpiece and a lovingly crafted film that is both beautiful to watch and masterfully crafted. This film has undeniably influenced how I think about film and how breaking the "rules" can be the best thing for a film.