How Does Martin Scorsese Use the Colour Red in His Films?
Filmmakers use colour theory to help set the mood for their work. Lots of colors “mean” different things. You can buy into this stuff or not, but there’s no denying that colour sets a certain mood and tone. Some filmmakers go back to the same colours to evoke similar emotions.
For Martin Scorsese, that colour is red.
Scorsese was raised on black and white films and learned to shoot while manipulating the grayscale. Tinting and toning disappeared when colour film came along. But not for Scorsese. He does this in his modern movies as well.
The reason is to add visual impact. To have his colour palette expanded and to focus on one hue: red.
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