Gradients in color are beautiful to look at—that’s a given. From a painting to the sunset/sunrise to the the use of lighting to cast a mesmerizing display of colors that seamlessly change from tone to tone. They’re calming, captivating, and down-right awesome. All this and then some is probably why you’ll find color gradients gracing the backdrops of myriad scenes from myriad movies all over the world. They’re the perfect mise en scène for the perfect moment within a narrative. And thanks to Hunger Magazine, we’ve selected five of our favorite films with the best gradient moments for all to marvel at.
Spring Breakers (2012)
Many of you should remember the ratchet-yet-stunning visuals to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Korine’s use of Maimi’s beach-side sunsets were what set the tone for pretty much the whole film.
Paris, Texas (1984)
The use of color in this film is amazing, even more so with its scenes that depicting vibrant gradients that matches so well the heartbreaking/feel-good direction of Robby Müller.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
A classic for its narrative, actors and emotion, Apocalypse Now was just as visually strong as its story. Through a plethora of challenges, Francis Ford Coppola was able to pull this one off to result in arguably one of the best films of all time.
The Neon Demon (2016)
The Neon Demon is without doubt an incredibly visually compelling work of art, mostly in part to its incredible aesthetics that Director Nicholas Winding Refn has used to superbly in this ego-driven thriller.
Shot throughout the City of Angeles, there’s no way that Sean Baker wouldn’t use the city’s synonymous skyline and its piercing colors for his beautifully raw Tangerine.