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John Alcott (I) (1931–1986)

John Alcott, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, was born in 1931, in Isleworth, England, the son of movie executive Arthur Alcott, who would become the production controller at Gainsborough Studios during the 1940s. Alcott began his film career as a clapper boy, the lowest member of a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon Cinematographer
(1975)
A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange Cinematographer
(1971)
No Way Out
No Way Out Cinematographer
(1987)
2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey Camera and Electrical Department
(1968)

Filmography

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 1987 No Way Out
 1987 White Water Summer (director of photography)
 1986 Miracles
 1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (director of photography)
 1983 Under Fire
 1982 Vice Squad (photographed by)
 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx (director of photography)
 1980 Terror Train (photographed by)
 1980 The Shining (photographed by)
 1980 Fangio: Una vita a 300 all'ora (Documentary)
 1977 March or Die (photographed by)
 1975 Barry Lyndon (photographed by)
 1975 Overlord (photographed by)
 1971 A Clockwork Orange (lighting cameraman)
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Personal Quote:

[on the shooting of Barry Lyndon (1975)} "There was a great deal of testing of possible photographic approaches and effects - the candlelight thing, for example. Actually, we had talked about shooting solely by candlelight as far back as '2001', when Stanley Kubrick was planning to film 'Napoleon' but the requisite fast lenses were not available at the time....The objective was to shoot these ... See more »

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He developed the versatile non-anamorphic Super Techniscope system. It would later be in use under the same "System 35.". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently used natural lighting as cinematographer.

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