Kieran, here wishing everyone a very happy Carol week. If ever there was a film that truly deserved an entire week dedicated to celebrating it, it’s Todd Haynes’ sumptuous cinematic buffet. The film is a rare animal in the landscape in that it truly feels like every element of its filmmaking works cohesively in service of the overall vision. That was apparent on a re-watch last Friday evening in Los Angeles and even more so afterwards listening to cinematographer Edward Lachman talk to the audience about the process of finding the appropriate look for it after the screening.
“Todd always does great research before every film,” one of the many moments of him singing his director’s praises. “One of the greatest mandates was making sure it didn’t resemble Far From Heaven,” Lachman stated. [More...]