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Kodak B&W film delivers a unique visual signature to Robert Eggers’ acclaimed fantasy horror The Lighthouse
Captured on Kodak B&W 35mm film, the stormy storytelling and captivatingly beautiful cinematography in director Robert Eggers’ gripping period feature, The Lighthouse, wowed reviewers after the movie screened at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize, awarded by professional film critics, and the creation of its distinctive, weather-beaten visual signature is quite a tale in itself. The spooky story of The Lighthouse is set on a small, barren, isolated island off the Maine coastline in 1890s, and explores the increasingly maddening relationship between a junior lighthouse keeper (Robert Pattinson), who has a dubious past, and his superior (Willem Dafoe). The film was written by the director and Max Eggers, with cinematography by Jarin Blaschke, a long-time collaborator on Robert Eggers’ various short films, before they shot the highly-acclaimed, mid-17th-century, supernatural horror film, The Witch (2015).