The American Society of Cinematographers

Loyalty • Progress • Artistry

UCLA Film & Television Archive and The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) present the ART OF LIGHT

January 18, 2008

Saturday, January 19 – Wednesday, February 6. For the fourth year in a row, the Archive joins with the ASC in a celebration of the art of cinematography. In conjunction with the 22nd Annual ASC Awards, we will feature the 2008 ASC honorees Stephen H. Burum, ASC (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Walter Lassally, BSC (International Achievement Award). Both acclaimed cinematographers have notably collaborated with some of the most eminent directors of our time: Burum with Coppola and De Palma; Lassally with Tony Richardson and James Ivory. This year’s recipient of the ASC President Awards, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund, ASC, will also be honored with an in-person tribute co-hosted by the Archive, ASC, and the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Saturday, January 19
7:30 p.m.
Presented in 70mm!
US, 1989
DIR: Brian De Palma. PROD: Art Linson. SCR: David Rabe. CINE: Stephen H. Burum, ASC. EDIT: Bill Pankow. CAST: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly.
Based on real events, De Palma’s harrowing Vietnam War epic explores the dehumanizing effect of violence when four American soldiers’ rape and murder a Vietnamese woman while on patrol. Burum’s powerfully understated camera counterpoints the film’s ferocious emotions and underscores the fragility of innocence as its light slowly dies out (70mm, 113 min.). Preceded by the opening sequence of SNAKE EYES (1998, Brian De Palma).
*IN PERSON: Stephen H. Burum, ASC

Sunday, January 27
7 p.m.
UK, 1961
DIR: Tony Richardson. PROD: T. Richardson. SCR: Shelagh Delaney, T. Richardson. Based on the play by S. Delaney. CINE: Walter Lassally, BSC. EDIT: Antony Gibbs. CAST: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin.
In this landmark film of the British New Wave, gawky, working-class Jo (the luminous Rita Tushingham) breaks taboos left and right. She defies her vulgar lush of a mother, falls in love with a black sailor and then sets up housekeeping with a shy homosexual decorator. Shot entirely on location, the sooty bedsits and back alleys of Salford are powerfully captured in Lassally’s gritty and ravishing photography. Never afraid to break rules, Lassally also threw out established cinematic convention by using three different film stocks to express the different tonal registers of Shelagh Delaney’s delicately-wrought story. Delaney wrote the original play when she was only 19, and for many years, both play and film would remain a touchstone for British youth culture. In fact, the singer Morrissey has used lines from A Taste of Honey in his song lyrics and featured Delaney’s photo on an album cover. Years later, Lassally commented: “A Taste of Honey is usually thrown into the ‘kitchen sink’ school of realism but it isn't really. It's realism, but it's poetic realism. I think it's the most poetic of all those movies” (35mm, 100 min.).
*IN PERSON: Walter Lassally, BSC

Wednesday, February 6
7:30 p.m.
Presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, American Society of Cinematographers, and the Visual Effects Society
Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund has been a driving, innovative force in the visual effects industry his entire career. A key member of the team that launched Industrial Light and Magic, Edlund has contributed his unique talents to some of contemporary Hollywood’s most iconic films, including Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984). Most recently, Edlund was visual effects supervisor on director Mike Nichol’s Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). Tonight’s tribute will feature a conversation with Edlund, illustrated with ample clips from his groundbreaking career.
*IN PERSON: Richard Edlund, ASC

Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. @ Westwood Blvd. (courtyard level of the Hammer Museum)

TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, Cineclub members, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID; $7, Cineclub members who are students or seniors.

After 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.

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