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2007 / 10 - October Issue of American Cinematographer

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men
In a wide-ranging Q&A, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC discusses his approach to two films with similar settings and themes. Based on a novel by Ron Hansen, Jesse James tells of the famous titular outlaw (Brad Pitt) and the ardent admirer (Casey Affleck) who eventually murdered him. Deakins teamed with Australian director Andrew Dominik on the project, which was shot on location in Canada. For No Country for Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Deakins reteamed with frequent collaborators Joel and Ethan Coen. Shot mostly in New Mexico, the film is a cat-and-mouse thriller that follows a rural Texan (Josh Brolin) who stumbles upon a stash of drug money and is subsequently tracked by a vicious hit man (Javier Bardem).

Lust, Caution
Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC reunited with his director on Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee, to shoot this compelling drama set in Shanghai during World War II. Based on a short story by renowned Chinese author Eileen Chang, the plot is loosely inspired by a real incident: a young woman affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist government is assigned to seduce a high-ranking intelligence officer and lead him into an assassination trap, but becomes emotionally involved with her prey. Prieto will discuss his approach to the film’s atmospheric period ambience and his ongoing collaboration with Lee.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Remi Adefarasin, BSC and director Shekhar Kapur continue the work they began with the 1998 period drama Elizabeth in this lavish and visually ambitious sequel, which explores the relationship between Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) and Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Adefarasin and key members of his crew will detail their strategies for immersing the audience in the tale’s 16th-century settings.

3:10 to Yuma
Phedon Papamichael, ASC was behind the camera on this remake of the 1957 Western classic, which involves a battle of wills between a small-time rancher (Christian Bale) and a captured outlaw (Russell Crowe) who’s awaiting a train that will take him to court in Yuma. Papamichael will discuss his modern approach to the show’s classic Western settings.

The October issue's departments offer illuminating insights:

DVD Playback reviews new DVD versions of Ace in the Hole (1951), shot by Charles B. Lang, Jr., ASC; To Catch a Thief (1955), shot by Robert Burks, ASC; and Rio Bravo (1959), shot by Russell Harlan, ASC.

Production Slate offer articles on Into the Wild, shot by Eric Gautier, AFC for director Sean Penn, and The Feast of Love, shot by Kramer Morgenthau for director Robert Benton.

Short Takes Cut-and-Paste Aesthetic For Switchfoot’s “Awakening” Music Video.

Post Focus offers an overview of the dailies and digital intermediate done at Modern VideoFilm for the feature film Gone, Baby, Gone, shot by John Toll, ASC.

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2007 / 10 - October Issue of American Cinematographer


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