Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Red Pallets

One of the most beautiful colors I've seen in any movie made in the last few years is the red of the pallets in Dernier Maquis. It isn't a deep red, but a brilliant crabshell color, one that looks equally good in bright sunlight and under electric lights. The stacks of pallets form winding red mazes for the characters to make their way through and ersatz backdrops for the action of Ameur-Zaïmeche's little drama. Men lift them, lean against them, sit on them. In their ordinariness, they're better than any stage.

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