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Foxes (1981) Leon Bijou


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#1 Tim Partridge

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:16 PM

I have just seen this 1981 movie directed by Adrian Lyne. It's a kind of docu-drama starring Jodie Foster about a bunch of female teenagers in suburban USA. The cinematography is remarkable. It really is an unsung and hardly seen landmark in natural looking lighting.

Leon Bijou, apparently the father of Lyne collaborator Peter Biziou, is credited as DP. The cinematography is super soft lit, both in exteriors and interiors, to the point where it just looks like it was shot wide open on overcast day with flagged available light used exclusively, and no fill light. It really doesn't look at all lit, although it is full of that soft single source backlighting and smoke throughout, with no noticable fill light. Honestly, this stuff makes Alcott and Watkin look like Ernest Lazlo. The interior scenes particularly are decades ahead of their time.

Lens selection on Foxes is mostly extreme telephoto (typical Lyne).

Does anyone have any technical specs on this film or any information about Leon Bijou? Fascinating that he has no other real feature credits and yet he was clearly quite active not long before his apparent son Peter Biziou won the Oscar for Mississippi Burning (which in my opinion is nowhere near as distinct looking as Foxes).
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