In mentioning the films with my favorite examples of cinematography, I realize now I forgot to mention my favorite technicolor film of all time (in photographic terms. All That Heaven Allows might be a better movie, but Korda's Thief of Bagdad is just so majestic).
Directed in part by (small wonder) Michael Powell, master of outlandish colour schemes and pointy facial features, this film is one cinema's great fairy tales (from a time when they could still be done innocently and beautifully a la La Belle et la Bete and les Enfants du Paradis). George Perinal's photography honed by Natalie Kalmus's color direction brought out the best in Vincent Korda's production design. The many, many matte artists who went to work on this film really did a hell of a job. The blues in particular are tremendous.