Red in films

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Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love red so it’s not really surprising that I’m always fascinated by its use in films. Red can stand for many things – fraternity, passion, warmth, strength, sensuality, but on the flip side, it can also represent danger, aggression, blood and can appear glossy, superficial and claustrophobic.

Here are some of my favourite films in which it’s used, including Vertigo, above.

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 Vertigo

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The scene with the liftboy also reminds me of Clovis Sangrail’s blogpost.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Love him or loathe him, it’s hard to deny that Godard is a master of colour and like me, he also favours the primary ones, particularly red.

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Anna Karina in Une Femme est une Femme

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Pierrot le fou

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Anna Karina, wearing one of the most beautiful dresses

La Chinoise

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The Red Shoes

At one time, their Powell and Pressburger films were the only British ones acceptable to like. Thanks to Jack Cardiff’s magnificent photography, they also remain some of the most visually stunning too, particularly The Red Shoes.

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Cries and Whispers

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Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn in the ultimate red dress, designed by Givenchy

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In the Mood for Love

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American Beauty

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Red Desert

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