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Orange in cinema

March 23, 2020
Orange in cinema

In the first article I talked about red color in photography, painting and cinema starting from the definition given by Wassily Kandinsky. Orange is another important color in movies, it has the strength of red but also the vitality of the yellow. Of course is an hot color, it can be used to communicate different mood or to give different aspect to a scenography. Let’s start with the definition taken from The spiritual in art written by Kandinsky, father of modern abstractionism.

Orange is like a man sure of his strength, who gives an idea of health. The sound resembles that of a bell inviting the Angelus, or of a robust contralto, or of a viola playing a broad (The spiritual in art, Wassily Kandinsky).


Now some practical examples in cinema. Orange is similar to red but it doesn’t express passion, love, violence. It may express health, strength, dynamism, and vitality but also hot weather. It is the main color in Mad Max: Fury Road‘s palette, orange emphasizes action and the heat of the desert.

Orange in cinema
Mad Max Fury Road

In Only God Forgives directed by Nicolas Winding Refn the orange is associated to the main character (Ryan Goslin), it expresses strength, health, security, determination, action.

Orange in cinema
Only God forgives

Orange is associated also with the sensation of heat, hot weather; it’s suitable for exotic but also hostile environments, such as the desert or sci-fi scenography creating tension and also mystery. It is often blended with various shades of red.

Orange in cinema
Blade Runner 2049


Orange in cinema


Orange in cinema
The Martian


Orange in cinema
Star Wars: the force awakens


That’s all folks

 Stay well, have always light in your life

Best, F.S

Read previous article about red in art, painting and cinema here


read also: Blade Runner 2049 cinematography





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