In dark days like these, any extra color is appreciated.
This week, the Toronto International Film Festival decided we could all use much more of it in our lives.
Show us your favourite use of colour in a film.
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 17, 2020
The organization’s official Twitter account sent out a prompt on Monday morning, asking cinephiles for their favorite uses of color in movies. Within hours, Film Twitter had risen to the challenge, busting out an abundance of absorbing screenshots from visually luscious films.
While the average filmgoer may have only subconsciously registered that the use of color in certain films is having an impact on their viewing experience, most hardcore film nerds have had many serious discussions on this topic. It’s why the Instagram account colorpalette.cinema has over a million followers.
Some of the film lovers on Twitter responded with classics, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Do the Right Thing, Blue Velvet, and Dario Argento’s Suspiria.
— Michael Bierut (@michaelbierut) August 19, 2020
Been my fave film for 30years. I still learn from it everyday. pic.twitter.com/YVOWsSdcCH
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) August 18, 2020
frederick elmes invented red and blue pic.twitter.com/CufwdLToMq
— “hannah” “seidlitz” (@HannahSeidlitz) August 17, 2020
Love the various shades of color in Dario Argento’s Suspiria pic.twitter.com/w5gl3tAase
— Kaushik Dave (@kddave) August 19, 2020
Some opted for more obscure works like Paul Schrader’s 1985 film, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. and 2006’s Curse of the Golden Flower (which is only an obscure pick in America.)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters pic.twitter.com/7d1Myxf6TZ
— Mary Beth (@emmbeejayy) August 18, 2020
— Tyler (@lemonpepperTy) August 18, 2020
Some people put forth the work of one director, like Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, and Douglas Sirk.
Reds in all Almodovar films are legendary pic.twitter.com/Im35GddFqm
— surely not me (@fishcalled) August 19, 2020
— Don't Hug Me .I'm Jaryd (@Aesdaishar) August 18, 2020
— Lucille Gay LeSueur (@joancrawfag) August 17, 2020
And others were more generous, sharing several of their favorites in one tweet.
— schrödinger's gay cowboy (@obiwormkenobi) August 18, 2020
— jourdain (@jourdayen) August 18, 2020
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) August 18, 2020
Hannah Beachler, Oscar-winning production designer of films like Black Panther, weighed in, championed her own work in Moonlight.
I could be bias on this one though ???? pic.twitter.com/koJjbbX3G2
— Hannah Beachler (@chinchilla1970) August 18, 2020
And what tour of cinema color would be complete without Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Colors trilogy?
— paolo cesti (@cestifilms) August 18, 2020
But overall, the responses made it seem as though cineastes appreciate one particular color most of all.
— Katherine (@_katclo) August 18, 2020
— Sasha James (@ThatSashaJames) August 19, 2020
I had to one dedicated just to the red in Mandy, which I still think is the most unhinged movie of all time, and ALSO Nicholas Cage was perfect in it and I will die on that hill. https://t.co/2MBVGWp34f pic.twitter.com/wRfgkW7UXp
— sarah with an h ???? (@cold_broo) August 18, 2020
— deadwildcat (@whatotherplanet) August 19, 2020
— mara????CLC (@sireanri) August 18, 2020
— Catherine Crichton (@ccrichton) August 18, 2020
— Jerry (@JerAtTheMovies) August 18, 2020