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What's behind the "look" of mid-80s cinematography?

I was recently watching old clips of Labyrinth and was struck by how dingy and washed out the colors all looked. All browns and grays, with a pre-digital fuzziness to everything (but which is nonetheless absent from even older movies). I've noticed this before in other popular movies from around the mid-80s: the New York of Ghosbusters, for example, appears constantly overcast and even sootier than it ever probably was, and the Neverending Story also seems to share the same palette of dark colors and the occasional washed out pastels. What's behind this "mid-80s" look? Was it the quality of film stock that was used in big budget pictures during those years? Trends in lighting, set design and/or post-production? Or something else entirely?
posted by decoherence on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

1980's Afterschool Special

What was the name of movie set in early eighties about a bully and old black man in project building. The bully antagonizes all of the elderly residents. At the final boss scene, the old black man - the protagonist - creates some locking arm braces. He fights the bully and defeats him with a bear hug and locks the braces together. Then the cops come. And this kid about 8 years old started banging his forearms together like the old bully used to do. It was an afterschool special type thing.
posted by Dr_Feelgood on Nov 27, 2015 - 4 answers

face it, you're a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie [for missing all those movies]

Help me plan an extended 1980s-90s home-based film festival to last throughout winter 2015-16. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 7, 2015 - 21 answers

what did movies think of tv in the eighties?

I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
posted by parmanparman on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for "Favorit Son"!

Where can I find the 1988 NBC TV mini series "Favorit Son"? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Moviefilter: 1980s artsy life-affirming beachy

Weird movie from vague memory filter: 1980sish, italo disco, beach, beautiful-life-before-dying-young, English people (?), flowing-but-architectural white clothes, colorful flags and streamers, sweeping shots... [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Jun 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Finding 80s late-night movies

I'm trying to identify a cheesy movie from the 1980s -- one of the sort that ran on HBO at 1:00 AM on a Friday night. [more inside]
posted by eduke on Apr 1, 2010 - 8 answers

80s Sci-fi/Fantasy Film

Looking for a sci-fi, fantasy, art film I saw as a child, it must have come out in the 80s, I remember watching it at an inappropriately young age and I was born in 82. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Dec 31, 2009 - 7 answers

80's Geek-boy Movie marathon: help me think of movies.

A friend of mine is hosting an 80's Geek-boy Movie marathon. Help me think of movies. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jul 10, 2007 - 47 answers

Bad 1980's sports movie, anyone?

Yes, it is a 'what was that movie that I can only remember one scene of?' thread...Featuring the 1980's (I think). [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Jun 12, 2006 - 9 answers

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