‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in a Single Scene

Each scene more beautiful than the last, Céline Sciamma’s directorial masterpiece is as carefully cropped as her dialogue-spare but affecting script.

Film Still: Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2019

It is impossible to pick the best shot in Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Each scene’s composition references the legacy of painting it employs as a central plot device. Colors, lighting, and location are carefully chosen and used as tools…