Hit Me With Your Best Shot revisited Witness (1985) this week to celebrate the continuing excellence of the Australian cinematographer John Seale. It was such an unexpected treat to see him doing ambitious ravishing and inspired work as a septugenarian (Mad Max Fury Road) that rivals anything he did in his 30s (Careful He Might Hear You), 40s (Rain Man) or 50s (The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley) and though he didn't win a second Oscar he did win our renewed ecstatic fandom. Seale's earliest Oscar nomination came for his work lensing the gorgeous moving cop drama Witness (1985). Here are the results of our "Best Shot" challenge from the participants. The more eyeballs the merrier so join us one of these weeks alright?
Directed by Peter Weir. Shot by John Seale
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(Nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Cinematography)
I really liked how well rounded all the Amish characters are...
How does violence affect a child?
-Film Mix Tape
He apparently took plenty of inspiration from Flemish and Dutch painters of the 17th century (art history student alert!)
The cinematography in this whole sequence is breathtaking...
It *is* a crime thriller, but it's more heartfelt and intimate and could very well be categorized as a love story...
-Sorta That Guy
The movie isn’t what I expected, but in ways that were very pleasant.
In its best moments, Witness is some straight-up Terence Malick magic hour Days of Heaven shit...
That atypical reserve gives the cop drama a unique contemplative charge within its genre.
- The Film Experience
I went for a shot that embraces the silence...
-Scopophiliac at the Cinema
a romantic drama that forgets its supposed to be a thriller until the last 20 minutes
-Drink Your Juice, Shelby
Perhaps the most impressive moment of Ford's career
What is your favorite shot from Witness? When was the last time you'd seen it?
Next week on "Best Shot": Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page in THE BEGUILED (1971) to be remade by Sofia Coppola (!)