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#1 Samantha Weingott

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:39 PM

Hi All,

 

I am currently undertaking a masters and am doing a case study on Don McAlpine (Australian Cinematographer) and wondered if anyone knew of any other documentaries, such as Show Me the Magic - The Adventures of Don McAlpine, that explore the lives and career paths of cinematographers?

 

Cheers

Sam


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

There's a documentary on  Jack Cardiff http://en.wikipedia....of_Jack_Cardiff

 

"Visions Of Light" is about cinematography http://en.wikipedia....isions_of_Light


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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:13 PM

Besides the great one about Jack Cardiff, there is:

"No Subtitles Necessary" (about Vilmos Zsigmond and Laszlo Kovacs)

"Painting with Light" (about Vittorio Storaro, made for U.K. television I think, only saw it once on Bravo or something...)

"James Wong Howe: Cinematographer" (I think this is now on the "Sweet Smell of Success" blu-ray from Criterion)

 

There is a South Bank Show episode about Freddie Young according to the internet.

 

I've heard there is a new documentary about Gabriel Figueroa.

 

"Light Keeps Me Company" (about Sven Nykvist) and "Tell Them Who You Are" (about Haskell Wexler) were made by their sons and covers more personal issues than just cinematography.

 

But "Visions of Light" is still the best cinematography documentary out there.


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#4 Maximilian Hillmer

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

There is another good documentary about Michael Ballhaus called Michael Ballhaus - Eine Reise durch mein Leben ( a journey through my life) from 2008.

The Film was directed by Vera Tschechowa.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1330207/


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#5 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:57 AM

If you can find an online copy of that Balhaus doco or a link to where its sold Please share it here. I for one would like to see it.
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#6 Maximilian Hillmer

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

I have an old TV record of the program ARTE where it was sent in 2010. 
If i find the disc, i can send you the file.


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#7 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:02 PM

That would be great thanks!
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#8 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:04 PM

I'd also add to that list "the man who shot Chinatown" about John Alonzo - it's a great doco. I think the DVD is available through the ASC store.
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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:25 AM

Also don't forget "Cinematographer Style", one of the best documentaries ever. All the stuff that didn't make the documentary was published in two books called Cinematographer Style Volume I & II. Lots and lots of info and inspiration right there :)

 

http://www.imdb.com/...47474/reference


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