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Recommended Award-winning Films Series, #2
In this second article of my film series, I would like to draw your attention to two visually stunning stories. The 2013 Oscar winning Life of Pi follows the physical struggle and spiritual journey of Pi Patel as he and his family set sail to America. When the ship sinks, Pi and his unlikely partner on a small lifeboat must compromise and learn to live with each other if they are going to survive. A winner for visual effects and cinematography, this movie is a beautiful depiction of the novel and brings the story to heart through the senses. Another must see movie for a stunning adaptation of a novel is Anna Karenina. Tolstoy’s classic is brought to photographic life in the retelling of aristocrat Anna Karenina’s torrid affair that leads to life altering conclusions. Although the cinematic approach is dreamlike and sometimes confusing, the 2013 Oscar winner in Costume Design is well deserved, a feast for the eyes. Both movies take advantage of talented cinematographers, skilled designers, and artful directors. Although both films are adapted from novels, they offer a beautiful reflection of each story’s themes and insights that hint of reasons why reading them would be a great idea.