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Beauty photography? We all know that "light" is the crucial element in photography. Nestor Almendros made himself the remark that it was ironic that he had received an Oscar for a job (Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven) that did not need any (artificial) lights.. The film was shot at the magic hour which lasted only 20 minutes and Nestor was going blind so he made assistants take Polaroïd to check the scene with his thick glasses..
The mise-en-scène was very visual, the plot was revealed not by the actors but by the images (c'est énorme)...
Nestor Almendros thought that the make-up was suppose to make the actors look good not the Cinematography. He is one of the major DOP of the french "Nouvelle-Vague" and well known for his stylistic approach towards greater realism... Everything is in the composition.. the intérieur scènes are (rightly) underlit... At all levels that film desserves its place on the (top of the) list..