We’re all in need of some form of distraction through 2020’s trying times, and often the best form of escapism is pure aesthetic joy. Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with simply reveling in the superficial qualities of art, and diverting your focus from all that’s going on around us for an hour or two.
I find that film can provide you with exactly that – visually stunning cinematography that removes you from the present for a while. It wouldn’t be a guide to escapist cinematography without an honorable mention of director Wes Anderson’s filmography, so it goes without saying that any of his masterpieces make the cut. But along with some classics, there are a few lesser-known films that don’t get the recognition they deserve for their genius frame-by-frame construction and painting-like elegance. Here’s a collection of our favorites you should have the pleasure of viewing: