Some of the roots of this in painting.  An example of "North Light" from the Dutch Masters.

The History and Importance of North Light in Your Art Studio

The Milkmaid (De Melkmeid or Het Melkmeisje), sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a "milkmaid", in fact a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer

Predator is a goofy action movie about shooting up the jungle and being hunted by an alien, but it is lit like a Rembrandt.  Watched this in a double feature with Arnold's "Commando" once and commented to a friend "It is like they *learned* cinematography between these movies.  This is lit, people care how things look, on Commando they were just, uh...exposing film."

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Young Kubrick selfie

Self-portrait of Stanley Kubrick with a Leica III camera, 1949 [Look Magazine Collection, Library of Congress] / more [+] by this photographer

"Suzhou River" is full of indirect light, incident light, filtered light.  This scene at a pinkish 'golden hour' is actually an exception, to the mostly interior, night time neon scenes.  A lot of the palette and density is reminiscent of a lo-fi Blade Runner.  I'm not sure I have higher praise for visuals.

"Suzhou River" is full of indirect light, incident light, filtered light. This scene at a pinkish 'golden hour' is actually an exception, to the mostly interior, night time neon scenes. A lot of the palette and density is reminiscent of a lo-fi Blade Runner. I'm not sure I have higher praise for visuals.

DIVA, Dominique Pinon (front), 1981, © United Artists

DIVA, Dominique Pinon (front), 1981, © United Artists

La Femme Nikita (1990). Director Luc Besson diffuses light through burned cordite in this gunfire opera.  A little neon and spray paint near the beginning, this smoky mid-film shootout and a few other set pieces make this a key part of the 'look'.  The way it wraps around, that light appears to be coming from nowhere.

Luc Besson's films include Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, La femme Nikita, The Big Blue.


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