A Rainbow-Hued Guide to Film’s Most Colorful Moments

There’s nothing we love more here at Flavorpill than a pop of color — you should see how much orange we have around the office. To celebrate the fun spectrum of colors (Moonglow, Summer Rain Metallic, Habanero) of the world’s most important new eco-chic design — the fetching Prius c — we’ve created our own unique guide to the best films of the past 100 years by looking through the lens of one of the most important and enigmatic design elements: color.

From Sofia Coppola’s perfectly pink Araks underwear on Scarlett Johansson’s perfectly pale bottom in Lost in Translation to Steven Spielberg’s brilliant use of the color red in Schindler’s List to Victor Fleming’s world changing emerald green moment in The Wizard of Oz, click through to check out the offbeat awards we’ve doled out to celebrate the fine art of aesthetic decision making that so often makes a good story great. We’re pretty sure Verner Panton would approve. Tell us about your favorite film color stories in the comments below!

Best Use of Red: Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List

Image credit: Eddie on Film

Talk about color as a story element! Spielberg worked with the great cinematographer Janusz Kamiński (Saving Private Ryan, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) to portray a dark, grainy Nazi Germany. One of only two color images seen in the film, the little girl in the red coat is loosely based on the story of Roma Ligocka, a Holocaust survivor who was inspired to write her memoir, The Girl in the Red Coat, after attending a screening of the film.

Runner-up: Jean-Luc Godard, Pierrot Le Fou

Image credit: Cinemania

The French New Wave adored the color red, and Godard surely did it best.

Honorable Mention: Wes Anderson, The Life Aquatic

How many people own a version of Team Zissou’s hat of choice? Enough said.