"Painting with Light".
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[in a 1994 interview] A few foreign and American films are outstanding, and since the public accepts the average films, it must be tat they're right and I'm wrong. But it seems that producers once wanted more from the people who made pictures, and they became works of art.
He became one of the most controversial cinematographers during the 1940s and 1950s in Hollywood, causing all of the MGM cinematographers to file a complaint with studio head Dore Schary
and MGM exec E.J. Mannix
and the AMPAS regarding his contribution to An American in Paris
(1951). The charges were refuted by the film's director Vincente Minnelli
and star 'Gene Kelly (I)' . Alton further ...