Great Images From Great Movies (1) – “There Will Be Blood”

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Truly great movies leave indelible marks. It may be through an emotional connection to the story. It may be through a remarkable performance or a signature scene. But it could also be through the brilliant imagery that movies carve into our minds. That’s what this feature is all about – highlighting great images from great movies.

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Where does “There Will Be Blood” sit on your list of great movies? Is there a great image that sticks out to you?

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23 thoughts on “Great Images From Great Movies (1) – “There Will Be Blood”

    • Thanks man! I’ve always been a bit enamored with the power of good cinema imagery. The scene you mention is truly fabulous in every regard. That exchange between hucksters in unforgettable.

  1. I’ve been meaning to rewatch this one for a couple of months now, it’s just so long it’s hard to find the time. There’s hardly any greater motivation than these images though! My favorite out of these is the one where DDL and the kid are lying on the floor, but they are all fantastic. Nice post!

    • Thanks so much. Whenever it’s on, I completely lose myself in this movie. And I absolutely love the image you mention. It is one of the most painful to watch. The image looks sweet but the underlying emotions are intense. Great scene!

  2. I wish I could contribute something here Keith but I haven’t seen this yet. Yes I have a huge blindspot on PT Anderson’s films. I kind of already have the ending spoiled on this one though 😦

    • Hey Ruth! Hope you had a good weekend!

      I’m not as into PTA as a lot of people but this movie is a near masterpiece. The story itself is superb but Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of the all-time beat performances (and I don’t say that lightly). I can’t take my eyes off of him and what he brings to the character. This is one PTA film that I can watch anytime, anywhere!

      • I really should see one of his films. The one I’m most intrigued with is Magnolia. I have no doubt DDL was fantastic, he always is.

        Btw, I just reviewed Man from UNCLE, though I saw it like almost a month ago. I believe you’re curious about that one?

      • Very curious! Seeing it Tuesday. I’ve heard generally positive things about it but some reviews have been a little tepid. Anxious to read your take on it.

  3. There will be Blood is a modern classic. It will certainly go down in history unlike any other film of its generation. When this film was released with No Country for Old Men, I was particularly inclined towards the Coens flick being a huge fan of their work, but then There will be Blood slowly grew over me and now I watch this film almost every month. There is a certain magic that takes place on screen which is hard to describe, no wonder those images speak far louder than words. One image that particularly sticks out for me is the opening scene where DDL falls into the pit, no words and yet it creates such an impact. PTA may not be a Coen, but he certainly has made a place for himself. And if older folks could talk about Fords, Capras and Renoirs of their generations, I can gladly say I belonged to the generation of PTA and Coens.

    • And what a year it was. This and “No Country” – two of my favorite films of all time. I love the way you put it – “a certain magic”. You’re exactly right. One such magic for me is between Day-Lewis and PTA’s material. Mesmerizing.

  4. I think Robert Elswit’s work on There Will Be Blood is superb (in fact everything he’s done with PT Anderson to date has been impressive). There are so many strong images in the film, I really need to go back and watch it again sometime. I’ve only seen it once, and that was when it first came out in cinemas, though I do have the DVD.

    • I agree with you. He is truly a genius with the camera. This is a movie I’ve seen so many times I can’t count. Whenever it’s own I’m literally entranced especially by what Daniel Day Lewis is doing. One of my all-time favorite performances.

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