"(Blue) is the path to infinity, where the real is transformed into the imaginary … Penetrating the blue is more like Alice going to the other side of the mirror. Light blue is the color of meditation and when it darkens naturally it becomes the color of dreams. Conscious thinking gradually gives way to the unconscious, just as the light of day gradually becomes the light of night, night blue. "
In the film, your color palette creates mood and can identify certain story beats. Sad, calm, peaceful, drunk, trustworthy, deadly, mystical – Blue moves into the most complex feelings and sensations. In astrology, the blue planet Neptune is associated with deep, hidden emotions, as well as illusion and deception. Under the Hopi People, blue goes hand in hand with the West – and death. When used as a gateway color in films, it becomes a demarcation point from which a character transitions into a new state of being.
Blue has neither the push of red nor the deflection of yellow. It has the power to haunt the extremes of physical and mental states. "(Blue is both the color of the sky and the sea and the metaphors that relate to them … Metonyms that come from blue phenomena belong once in a blue moon to describe very rare and unusual events (.) "
dizziness (1956) – Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Although blue is known for its provocative and disturbing use of green, it plays a more subtle role in dizziness that carries Scottie's bleak journey. A dreamy blue evening hovers over Scottie when his first episode of Vertigo coincides with the death of an officer. When Gavin Elster seduces him into a false investigation, Scottie wears a blue suit. It is the color of guilt and sometimes ignorance, but blue is also the color of finality. The brutal ending to Scottie's vertigo comes with the loss of the woman he loves and who doesn't Really exist. She is an illusion, a fantasy, and trying to keep it in the realm of reality can only lead to her death. On a blue toned night, Scottie remains isolated on top of the clock tower. The suggestion of his pose is ambiguous – he could jump, but also turn around and safely walk through the black “door” behind him into a new understanding.
The cell (2000) – Sub. Tarsem Singh
Like Scottie in dizziness, The cellDeane is pushing into the unknown to save someone at high cost. However, she steps on the other side of her ordeal with intent and redemption. Blue plays a positive and terribly negative role in this film. It's mainly the color of immersion and overwhelming. In the windows and pools, Stargher cannot control his compulsions. Deane's face suffocates as she ventures into his thoughts with the help of a blue techno cloth. It dominates the screen when she is completely outside of herself and in the cold gateway between her psyche and Stargher's. It is the initiator of peace and the symbol of compassion in Deane's Virgin Mary scene as she plunges Stargher's trauma into its ultimate calm.
Eternal sunshine of the flawless mind (2004) – Dir. Michel Gondry
in the Eternal sunshine of the flawless mindBlue exists in all of its common associations – the wintertime, the sadness of Joel and Clementine's breakup (and the latter's hair color change due to that) – but it also has the melancholy of trying to hold onto the things that are better off are forgotten. It's the color of love and deep bond in that sense, and in the scenes where there is great love (and lost love) between the main characters, red in its traditional form is used to represent it, albeit in fragmented patterns present and washed-out shade. Blue is the bridge between letting go and holding on. It seems that the two characters will never transition into life without each other, and so the illusory power of blue in the name of love remains strong. The reps in the last shot of the film suggest that Joel and Clementine simply forget each other in order to remember.
Blue captures as much of human experience as black and white does in its associations.
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About Celeste Ramos
Celeste Ramos is a Raindance member and fiction, short film and poetry writer based in New York City. She lives in London and studies symbology and art between watching movies.