Amélie (2001)

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Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, or Amélie, is one of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s most successful and personal films he has directed. The ‘favorite things’ and character idiosyncrasies are based on Mr. Jeunet’s own personalities and experiences. Other segments like the gold fish jumping out of the bowl, the book of torn photo booth images, and the traveling gnome are true stores the director put in the film.

Bruno Delbonnel, the cinematographer, stylized the film with a vibrant gold, hints of red, and washes of green. These colors were inspired by a Brazilian painter, Juarez Machado. The surreal palette gives a comic book tone that is very reminiscent of the French spirit. During pre-production, Mr. Jeunet used illustrated storyboards and video camcorder snapshots to create elaborate maps for shooting and editing the film. In most situations, the director only shot with 25mm, 18mm, 17mm and 14mm lenses.

Amélie was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 6:41am

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