In the mood for love(W.K.Wai) study

These are only few screenshots from the movie where light and color, together convey a very special range of moods.

Generally the light is white and contrasts with the background which is very rich in color – usually red. But there is also a strong warm orange light which gives the scene so much intensity. Since nothing is said verbally, the tension , the sadness, the hope, affection are suggested by these means of expression. There is nothing forced , there is common sense in using the colors and the light  :their face is not colored in unnatural way, nothing disturbs the viewer, nothing is aggressive, nor too much light since the director uses only a key light.  Usually the face of actors are lit from front(butterfly) and some from side.




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