IMHO, the best movie ever made, Jules et Jim:
Jules et Jim isn’t as compositionally perfect as Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc. The visual beauty of the film relies much more on motion, especially the motion of the characters. That motion is nonetheless communicated now and then in the still composition, as this example illustrates spectacularly. If you’re meant to look at a film like Jeanne d’Arc, you’re supposed to look into this one. The representation, even taking a still at random, can’t be unstitched from the aesthetic locus.
That said, it’s still very charming considered as a painting or a photograph. Note that the camera is tilted a few degrees counter-clockwise of vertical and the actors get smaller from left to right. This makes the characters appear as if they’re riding a destabilized merry-go-round, which represents the plot more or less accurately.
Every lavish detail is stylized. These details are lost in the whir when the film is in motion, but their combined effect is central to its atmosphere. Even Jim’s hairstyle (he’s the one on the left) reminds me of the Maison St-Cyr.