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Raise the Red Lantern | Film Tone



Raise the Red Lantern is filled with tradition, rituals, and cultural heritage. Zhang Yimou does not rush his viewer through dozens of years of Chinese tradition, he picks a slice of life in a place, and lets the viewer observe that life happening over the of couple of months or years. The non-rushing tempo is also present in the cinematography of Yimou's films and Raise... expresses the patience rituals require when trying to get accustomed to them. In Raise... the tradition becomes almost like another character, like a spirit (of the ancestors?) winding through all those rooms, corners, stones, along the countless straight lines.

director :: Zhang Yimou

release :: 1991

cinematographer :: Zhao Fei + Lun Yang

aspect ratio :: 1.85:1

ARCHITECTURE ALONE

The film starts off with a couple of shots of still architecture introducing the location.

CHARACTERS WITHIN THE ARCHITECTURE





NEVER TIGHTER THAN A MEDIUM CLOSE-UP

PROTAGONIST CENTERED IN THE FRAME

BLOCKING ACTORS


INTERIORS



SYMMETRICAL COMPOSITION

SHOT - REVERSE SHOT

COLOR PALETTE


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