The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

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The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#1 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:03 pm


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Re: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#2 Post by Big Ben » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:10 pm

Sign me right the fuck up.

I demand he call it the |_ighthouse though.

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#3 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:13 pm

THE LIGI-ITI-IOUSE

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#4 Post by cdnchris » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:15 pm

That vvent vvay over my head at first.

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Re: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#5 Post by Big Ben » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:50 pm

Interesting choice of theme there. The chances the lot of you haven't heard old maritime myths is zero and I'm really excited to see what Eggers can do with it. I'm secretly hoping he veers into Lovecraft territory too.


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#7 Post by Finch » Wed May 15, 2019 11:06 pm

From the Indiewire survey of this year's Cannes cinematographers:
Format: 35mm Black and White (Double-X 5222) 1.19:1 Aspect ratio. Essentially the anamorphic gate with spherical lenses.
Camera: Panaflex Millenium XL2
Lens: Bausch and Lomb original Baltars set, optically re-spaced for a spinning mirror camera. 35mm, 58mm, 85mm Sasaki-made Petzval lenses. 50mm Pathé-Goerz Triplet
Custom short-pass, orthochromatic-emulating filter from Schneider.

Blaschke: A critical part of Rob Eggers’ films is the full immersion of the audience in another world. He wanted a black and white movie from another time and traditional black and white film was the only way to do it. There is nothing with the same tonality and texture – this was solidly confirmed with tests against color film and digital formats. Double-X is 60 year-old technology, for better and worse. It looks perfect for what we were after, but light levels were necessarily 20 to 40 times higher than on “The Witch,” and underexposure latitude was much less forgiving. This forces harder, more “lit” looking night scenes, but that was embraced as part of our “Lighthouse” world.

I actually wanted the Double-X to behave like an even older film stock, so a filter was made to prevent all red light from reaching the film. This emulates pre-1930s orthochromatic film that couldn’t see orange or red light. Therefore, skies become much brighter and skintones become darker and more rugged/textured. This was another critical element that makes the film feel more broken-down and distant. Balancing the harshness of the film and filter were a set of Baltar lenses that were designed in the 1930s. These are the most luminous portrait lenses I’ve ever seen, and they add another glowing texture and dimension, rather than cheap gauze. For some hallucinatory sequences we used some 1870s-1900s -style optical designs.

Finally, our aspect ratio suited our boxy spaces, our vertical lighthouse and close-ups in general, which are more numerous this time around. This is a more “photographic” movie than our last together and the 5:6 ratio feels like a window or peephole into the film, echoing the theme of lenses, eyes, openings and apertures that developed. Because of this and other things, the film visually moved from the 1890s toward the 1930s, but in the end I think it created its own kind of past, its own “other” world.

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#8 Post by Finch » Sun May 19, 2019 5:45 am

Cannes reactions are positive so far.

Hopefully this convinces A24 to release the film sooner than later. Halloween perhaps?

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#9 Post by Omensetter » Sun May 19, 2019 10:07 am

This was already a must see because of the cinematography and Dafoe (haven't seen Eggers's other film), but this looks like so much fun.

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Re: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#10 Post by mfunk9786 » Sun May 19, 2019 11:02 am

Finch wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 5:45 am
Cannes reactions are positive so far.

Hopefully this convinces A24 to release the film sooner than later. Halloween perhaps?
Can't say I can really recall the last Cannes film I've seen such effusive positive reactions to.

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Re: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#11 Post by yoloswegmaster » Sun May 19, 2019 11:09 am

100% on RT with a 9.5 avg (based only on 5 review though).

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#12 Post by Cremildo » Sun May 19, 2019 11:17 am

It does seem to be the festival's most acclaimed film thus far (based just on early reactions from English-language critics). I wonder if Eggers' next film might be upgraded to the Main Competition slate if the enthusiasm for this spreads across the board.

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#13 Post by dda1996a » Sun May 19, 2019 12:11 pm

Does that happen for films not even playing in Un Certain Regard? Except for It Follows and Silver Lake

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#14 Post by Omensetter » Sun May 19, 2019 12:43 pm

UCR and the Quinzaine are not necessarily comprised of films not ready for Competition. It ultimately comes down to the selection committee, who tend to favor certain companies/producers and directors, who are often aligned with those companies/producers. How does one explain Ira Sachs in Competition this year? Huppert does not guarantee a Competition slot, although it helps. It could very well be great, but there's certainly behind-the-scenes politics that propel Sachs's film into Competition and keeps Eggers's in a sidebar or parallel section. The best film to play Cannes in 2017---The Florida Project---hung out in Fortnight. Todd Hayne's Safe played Fortnight. No less than fucking Hou Hsiao-hsien debuted a masterpiece in UCR in 2007.

If Eggers becomes a high profile American director after this film, it's plausible he'll skip Cannes altogether.

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Re: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)

#15 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sun May 19, 2019 3:18 pm

Well if this kickstarts a resto / release of Grémillon's Gardens de Phare I am right behind it

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