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135 of the most beautiful shots in cinema (VIDEO)

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
July 19, 2012

There's no denying the power of the cinematic image. Good cinematography can elevate a film from above average to instant classic in just a few memorable shots. When you think of great movie, it's probably a single moment or shot that sticks out the most in your head, and there are just some movie moments that are just undeniably breathtaking. Everyone probably has a favourite shot that holds a special place in his or her heart -- a constant reminder of what makes the movies great.

That's part of the reason why the folks over at Flavorwire polled their readers to see what they thought were the most beautiful movies of all time were. The results were tallied, and editor Jason Bailey assembled memorable shots from the reader-picked movies into one seriously eye-catching montage.

Titled "135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema," Bailey's video essay features 135 absolutely gorgeous shots from more than 80 movies. The montage spans over 80 years of cinematic history, from the brilliant opening shot of Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera" and Omar Sharif's legendary entrance from David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," to the sweeping fields of Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" and the dreamy cosmos of Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain."

Watch the "135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema" below.

It's by no means a comprehensive list, though. The video leaves out a number of absolutely classic shots (no love for "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly's" Sergio Leone?), but tackling the entirety of movie history is no small task. They definitely get an A for effort.

Was your favourite movie shot missing? If so, what is it?

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