Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Highly regarded German cinematographer Frank Griebe (Run, Lola, Run) reteamed with director Tom Tykwer on this epic and visually stunning adapatation of the critically acclaimed 1985 "historical horror" novel by Patrick Süskind. Set in 18th-century France, the film tells the chilling tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a perfumer's apprentice whose incredible sense of smell leads him on an obsessive pursuit of the perfect scent — whose secret ingredient requires him to murder a series of young girls. Shot in Germany, France and Spain, Perfume became a box-office sensation during its fall 2006 theatrical run in Germany, and will have a two-tiered release in the United States in late December (limited) and mid-January (wide).
Gabriel Beristain, ASC details his work with director David S. Goyer on this intriguing thriller, which concerns a teenage boy and girl whose "true selves" are invisible to others due to his untimely death and her problems after the death of her mother. Beristain will offer a full account of the shoot, which took place in British Columbia.
ASC International Award
The career of world-renowned cinematographer and three-time Academy Award nominee Michael Ballhaus, ASC will reach a pinnacle on February 18, when he will receive the International Award during the annual ASC Awards gala in Los Angeles. This prestigious award is reserved for foreign-born cinematographers who have made an enduring contribution to their art form. In an in-depth profile piece, AC executive editor Stephen Pizzello will trace the full arc of Ballhaus's career, from his early days with prolific German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder (for whom he shot 15 films) to his later years in Hollywood, where he has worked with such prominent directors as Martin Scorsese (7 films, including GoodFellas, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York and The Departed), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula), James L. Brooks (Broadcast News), Wolfgang Petersen (Outbreak, Air Force One) and Mike Nichols (Working Girl).
Tribute to Sven Nykvist, ASC
Cinema lost one of its leading lights on September 20, 2006, when legendary director of photography Sven Nykvist, ASC passed away. AC historian Robert Birchard will pen a tribute to the great Swedish cameraman, best known for his seminal work with director Ingmar Bergman, for whom he shot such classic films as Winter Light, Persona, Scenes From a Marriage and Fanny and Alexander. Over the course of his career, Nykvist also lent his talents to films by Woody Allen, Lasse Hallstr��m, Bob Rafelson, Bob Fosse, Louis Malle, Norman Jewison, Philip Kaufman, Alan Pakula and Richard Attenborough.
The February issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:
Global Village will present an interview with cinematographer Hyung-ku Kim about his work on the South Korean horror/comedy/sci-fi thriller The Host, in which a mutant creature emerges from Seoul's Han River and proceeds to terrorize the populace.
DVD Playback will offer a review of The Premiere Frank Capra Collection, which includes five of of the director's classics shot by Joseph Walker, ASC: American Madness (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). In addition, we will assess the new DVDs of Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), shot by Aldo Tonti, and Lady Vengeance (2005), shot by Jeong-hun Jeong.
Production Slate will present pieces on Miss Potter, a Beatrix Potter bio-pic shot by Andrew Dunn, BSC, and The Astronaut Farmer, a quirky drama shot by M. David Mullen, ASC.
Points East will detail the shooting of Project Rebirth, an ambitious 10-year project that will employ 10 fixed-position, time-lapse high-definition video cameras to capture the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in New York City. Cinematographers Jim Whitaker and Tom Lappin will detail their collaboration on the project, which is scheduled to be released in the year 2011.
Post Focus will offer a piece about Cineric's restoration of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), shot by Gilbert Taylor, BSC, as well as an overview of Sohonet's new North American headquarters, which opened recently in Los Angeles.
Short Takes will present an interview with cinematographer Jaron Pursuant about his work on the Meat Loaf video "It's All Coming Back to Me Now."
Wrap Shot will be revived this month to present a look at The Last Run (1971), a crime thriller shot by the late Sven Nyvkist, ASC.