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2006 / 11 — November Issue of American Cinematographer
2006 / 11 — November Issue of American Cinematographer


 
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Babel, Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC was behind the camera on this drama from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Amores perros) that weaves together three intersecting stories set in Africa, Mexico and Japan. In an effort to give each of the three narrative stands an appropriate visual texture, Prieto devised a strategy that ultimately encompassed three formats, eight film stocks, and six post houses. Before he headed to China to begin prepping Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, the cinematographer sat down with senior editor Rachael K. Bosley to explain how Babel's technical ambitions mirrored the considerable scope of its narrative.

The Fountain, Matthew Libatique, ASC reteamed with director Darren Aronofsky, his collaborator on the influential indie films Pi and Requiem for a Dream, on this epic sci-fi romance, which spans more than 1,000 years while telling three parallel stories starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

The Prestige, Wally Pfister, ASC and director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento) continued their ongoing collaboration with this turn-of-the-century drama about a pair of magicians (played by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) whose intense rivalry turns into a lifelong battle for supremacy. Pfister will discuss the decidedly low-tech creative strategies he employed on the show.

Flags of Our Fathers, After successful collaborations with director Clint Eastwood on Blood Work, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, cinematographer Tom Stern re-enlisted with the filmmaker for this ambitious World War II epic that profiles the men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a key turning point in the conflict.

Global Village presents an interview with cinematographer Nic Knowland about his work with avant-garde filmmakers the Quay Brothers on The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes.

DVD Playback offers reviews of Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (1979), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC; Amarcord (1973), shot by Giuseppe Rotunno, ASC, AIC; and A Canterbury Tale (1944), shot by Erwin Hillier, BSC.

Production Slate presents articles on Fur , a biopic about photographer Diane Arbus shot by Bill Pope, ASC for director Steven Shainberg (Secretary), and Volver, a Cannes Film Festival hit shot by José Luis Alcane for director Pedro Almodóvar.

Points East presents an interview with cinematographer Richard Crudo, ASC about his work on the drama Brooklyn Rules