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Bridge of spies (2015) Film review

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It’s finally time to watch some oscar-nominated movies! As usuall, most of the films nominated for Academy Awards has just came out and it’s only a month left to watch everything!

Bridge of Spies wasn’t the movie I particulary wanted to watch to be honest. I don’t tend to like films about cold war and I have some reasonable prejudice towards films involving Russian Spies, but this film was amazing!

The thing I like the most I guess was cinematography and especially street lighting. There some references to film noir movies with really strong shadows and contrasts when you see the figue being completely balck and of course it is an iconic image of the man in the long coat with a hat (and umbrella in this case).

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The other thing I couldn’t really figure out while watching the film was if the int scenes were shot on location or not. The windows and the light which was comming in from outside didn’t dive me a clue. Such a beautiful trick – the glass on the windows is not transparent in any scene and the general glow is magical – very stylized white blur.

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I was subconsiously comparing the shots in this film to the Greedy pig ones (LCC collaboration I was working on recently) and the camera angles and the composition of the shots is absolutelly brilliant! I love the symmetry and balance.

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And I finally found a film where the research on the Soviet Union was done properly. The interrogation room and the prison cell where the USA spy Powers was held are so very well made. The costumes on the matter and the portraits in the Russian Ambossy in Berlin – I believe in those. Usually, I don’t. But here – I totally see the amount of research! So happy about it. And the camera angles and light again – brilliant. Totally got the best of the spaces.

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And the other thing about the film – there are some actual Russian actors! I’m really happy about that.

From my recent experience on Greedy Pig I can also say that I started to appreciate the props and the set dressing much more. As well as continuity. It is indeed much harder to keep an eye on that it seems. There was a lot of set dressing involved in most of the scenes in the film. And the items are so beautifully detailed.

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