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Inside the Painterly Cinematography of ‘Mr. Turner’

Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner centers on the famed 19th century artist J.M.W. Turner. Unsurprisingly, the director and DP Dick Pope turned to the artist’s own palette to inspire the breathtakingly beautiful cinematography of the film.

Said Pope at the New York Film Festival, as reported by Indiewire, “I studied Turner’s color palette quite a lot at the Tate Britain which is a fantastic resource for everything Turner— even the paints he used. We took that, and in a way the film is colored is very much in the palette of what Turner was using at the time. We used the paints that he was buying in the color shop as our own palette.”

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