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5 Example of Cinematographer Deakins’ Best Work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christy Lemire   
Thursday, 15 November 2012 06:42

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roger Deakins is the rare person I was actually nervous to interview because I'm such a huge fan of his work. When I talked to the veteran cinematographer in early 2008, after he'd received Academy Award nominations for both "No Country for Old Men" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," I found him to be lovely and humble, with a dry and self-effacing British wit - which naturally made me admire him even more.

Deakins' probably best known as the Coen brothers' usual director of photography, having shot 11 of their films. He's a nine-time Oscar nominee but, in a travesty of justice, he's never won. Maybe "Skyfall" will change that.

So we're going to get a little nerdy this week and discuss five of the most excellent examples of Deakins' work: - "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001): One of my favorite films from Joel and Ethan Coen, and one that's underappreciated compared to the better-known "Fargo" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

- "No Country for Old Men" (2007): This is the Coens' masterpiece, and it allowed Deakins to bring the harshly beautiful, seemingly endless expanse of scrubbrushed

- "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007): Andrew Dominik's film is set during the late 1800s in Missouri.

- "Jarhead" (2005): I did not love this movie as a whole but Deakins created some powerfully dramatic visuals here.

- "A Serious Man" (2009): Not exactly the Coens' best-known movie (although it earned Oscar nominations for best picture and original screenplay) and not even the showiest example of what Deakins can do.

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