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20 Beautiful Movies That Are Criminally Underseen

15 September 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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Beautiful is an extremely subject adjective, so it’s necessary to make it clear what our criteria is. By saying “beautiful movies”, we mean movies that are beautifully shot and have stunning visuals, almost every frame of it can be made into a postcard. The movies we selected are usually seen and loved by art film fans, but we think they deserve more exposure, that’s why made such a list, to introduce good pretty films to fans who love the art of cinema. You can’t rank beauties, that’s why the list is ranked in no particular order.

 

1. Amarcord

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The Movie: This carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period, the most personal film from Federico Fellini, satirizes the director’s youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score.

Why You Should See It: Federico Fellini did a wonderful job of bringing us back to the town he was so familiar with. The beauty of nature was fully displayed in his frame, from the dandelion scene in spring to the peacock scene in winter.

 

2. Walkabout

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The Movie: Two young children are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on “walkabout”: a ritualistic separation from his tribe.

Why You Should See It: Quite possibly the most gorgeous visuals you will ever encounter in film are all here.

 

3. The Red Shoes

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The Movie: A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Why You Should See It: The unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence shot by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, also the Oscar-winning sets and music.

 

4. Picnic at Hanging Rock

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The Movie: Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them.

Why You Should See It: The beautiful landscape cinematography, gorgeous actresses and their Victorian style costumes, and the haunting score make this film a must-see.

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  • Iam_Spartacus

    Good list, another to check out is At Play in the Fields of the Lord. Some really gorgeous cinematography in Brazil.