June 20, 2019

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Rafael Esquer

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Perfect Cinemagraphs to Honor 17 Immortal Films

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Cinemagraph is a technique that uses still photographs to create movement. One difference between cinemagraphs and gif animations is the way they present the animation; cinemagraphs can be more subtle and elegant. This technique started in 20111 when U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck began to animate their fashion …

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Cinemagraph is a technique that uses still photographs to create movement. One difference between cinemagraphs and gif animations is the way they present the animation; cinemagraphs can be more subtle and elegant. This technique started in 20111 when U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck began to animate their fashion and news images. The came up with the term “cinemagraph.”

To celebrate its first eight years, I put together a collection of 17 cinemagraphs that honor some of my favorite films and film directions. Enjoy.

 

1929, Un Chien Andalou directed by Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel told Salvador Dalí about a dream in which a cloud sliced the moon in half “like a razor blade slicing through an eye.” Dalí responded that he’d dreamt about a hand crawling with ants. Out of these two dreams this film was born
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1961, West Side Story directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
“Why do you kids live like there’s a war on?”
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1962, Vivre Sa Vie directed by Jean-Luc Godard
“The more we talk, the less the words mean.”
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1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick
“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”
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1980, The Shinning directed by Stanley Kubrick
“Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.”
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1982, Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott
“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”
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1984, Paris, Texas directed by Win Wenders
“And for the first time, he wished he were far away. Lost in a deep, vast country where nobody knew him. Somewhere without language, or streets.”
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1992, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me directed by David Lynch
“If I had a nickel for every cigarette your mom smoked, I’d be dead.”
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1994, Natural Born Killers directed by Oliver Stone
“Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, “Why have you done this to me?” And the snake answered, “Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake.””
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1994, Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino
“That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.”
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1998, The Big Lewovski directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
“That rug really tied the room together.”
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2001, Amelie directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
“The fool looks at a finger that points at the sky.”
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2004, Hellboy directed by Guillermo del Toro
“My uncle used to say that we like people for their qualities but we love them for their defects.”
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2006, The Devil Wears Prada directed by David Frankel
“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?”
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2008, The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
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2011, The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick
“The nuns taught us there were two ways through life – the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.”
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2013, Ida directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
“…come along then. You’ll listen to us play, we’ll walk on the beach.
And then?
Then we’ll buy a dog… Get married, have children… Get a house.
And then?
The usual. Life.”
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