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Poll: Most Iconic Use of Colors in Movies

In movies, colors have been used to draw out emotional reactions, draw focus to significant details/objects, set the tone of the movie, represent character traits and show changes or arcs in the story.

So, which movie has the most iconic use of colors?

Discuss here

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    Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Colors associated with emotions, characters and background.
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    Uma Thurman and Tetsurô Shimaguchi in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Monochromatic yellow, B&W scenes and background colors were always synced with characters and their emotions.
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    Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in Avatar (2009)

    Separating fantasy from reality by colors.
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    Keanu Reeves as Thomas

    Monochromatic green and clever lighting techniques. lighting was used to in different intensities but always from the top of the screen. (Maybe to imply that the movie was watching through a digital screen with a backlight)
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    Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    Monochromatic color schemes. Costumes illustrated with different colors for symbolic significance or to make actors/objects stand out in a scene.
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    Claire Maurier and Audrey Tautou in Amélie (2001)

    Complementary color schemes. Discordant use of color. Synced with emotions.
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    Oliwia Dabrowska in Schindler's List (1993)

    B&W frames but with discordant use of red in a single scene to display powerful emotion.
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    Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

    Monochromatic red/yellow/orange (Rustic backgrounds). Colors assigned to different distances and Sets
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    Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Mindy Kaling in Inside Out (2015)

    Associative colors for characters related to their 'emotions', discordant use of colors.
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    James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)

    Using associative colors to create connections between characters.
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    In the Mood for Love (2000)

    Complementary color schemes. Discordant use of color. Synced with emotions. Associative colors
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    Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight (2016)

    Colors associated with emotions
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    Dick Tracy (1990)

    discordant use of other colors, associative colors
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    John Marley in The Godfather (1972)

    Associative colors for death by using orange. And in this scene its also a discordant use of color because it's centered and highlighted.
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    Edward Norton, Tommy Nelson, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, L.J. Foley, Lucas Hedges, Chandler Frantz, Max Derderian, Gabriel Rush, Charlie Kilgore, Andreas Sheikh, and Robert Hadlock in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Monochromatic color schemes for both background and costumes. Synced with emotions.
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    Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005)

    B&W frames with discordant use of other colors.
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    Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Ciarán Hinds, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer, Alan Howard, Gary Olsen, and Liz Smith in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

    Associative colors, Complementary color schemes
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    Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto in The Florida Project (2017)

    Complementary color palettes, Discordant use of color
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    Tobey Maguire and Marley Shelton in Pleasantville (1998)

    Discordant use of color to make characters/objects stand out from the rest of the film.
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    Discordant use of color, Associative colors. Synced with emotions.
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    Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges in TRON (1982)

    Associative colors representing character traits.
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    Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi (2012)

    Complementary color palettes, Discordant use of color
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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, and James Marcus in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Monochromatic color schemes, creating emotions such as fear, power, uncertainty by use of colors
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    Robin Smith, Jeetu Verma, Leo Bill, Emil Hostina, and Marcus Wesley in The Fall (2006)

    Complementary color palettes, Discordant use of color
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    Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come (1998)

    Discordant use of color,Synced with emotions.
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    Jessica Harper in Suspiria (1977)

    Creating emotions such as fear, power, uncertainty by use of colors
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    Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jacek Koman, and Caroline O'Connor in Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    Discordant use of color
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    Michael Cera, Mark Webber, and Johnny Simmons in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

    Discordant use of color, Complementary color schemes
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    Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, and Robin Harris in Do the Right Thing (1989)

    Discordant use of color
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    "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" 1971 Paramount

    Discordant used of colors. Associated colors.
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    Jodie Foster and David Morse in Contact (1997)

    Separating fantasy from reality by colors.
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    Garrett Hedlund in TRON: Legacy (2010)

    Associative colors representing character traits
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    Leon Vitali in Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

    Analogous color schemes, Discordant use of color
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    Mark Hamill and Bob Anderson in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Colors associated with characters, representing character traits
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    Color Blind (2002)

    I'm color blind, so I wouldn't know.

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