The past couple of months I’ve been on a kick to find and watch as many photography related films as possible. In the process I decided to note and share my top 5 favorite photography related films. So here they are…
5. Flags of Our Fathers (Drama)
I concede this likely won’t be shared as top five contender by others, but the reason why it makes my top five list is because it exemplifies the power of an image. After seeing this movie it inspired me to author my article on “The Power of Photography“. The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, provides a perspective of photographies strengths, weaknesses, political and cultural malleability. The movie exemplifies perfectly how an iconic image can tell a story factually, fictionally and interpretively.
4. Rear Window (Thriller)
An Alfred Hitchcock classic of a wheelchair bound photographer who is convinced he’s witnessed his neighbor commit murder. Truly a cinematic gem and one of Hitchcock’s all time best.
3. Pecker (Comedy)
I’ve never been a huge fan of John Waters films, but this one is hillarious and takes an enjoyable swipe at the art world. Edward Furlong plays Pecker who becomes an overnight sensation in the photography art world from his photos of his odd family. Although the most mainstream of John Waters films that I’ve seen, it’s still John Waters so expect the unexpected.
2. City of God (Cidade de Deus) (Drama)
Based on a book by Paulo Lins, the movie follows BuscapÃ© (AKA Rocket) and ZÃ© Pequeno (AKA Li’l ZÃ©who) as they grow up in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous neighborhoods. BuscapÃ© discovers photography while ZÃ© Pequeno becomes a drug dealer and gang leader. The story is incredibly powerful. I thought about this movie for over a week after seeing it.
1. War Photographer (Documentary)
A documentary on James Nachtwey, an extremely talented, driven and famous war photographer. Not the lightest of films, but it is incredibly powerful and inspiring. After watching the film I felt extremely small, yet driven to do something more to make a difference… albeit outside of a war zone.
If you have others that are your favorite and/or you think they are worthy of consideration for the Top 5 let me know.
On the horizon:
“The story of famous photographer Robert Capa and his relationship with fellow photographer Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War.”
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