"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.
Cinematographer John Alton, who had been semi-retired since 1960, met former colleague Anthony Mann in a Swiss casino high up in the Alps. Mann was directing "A Dandy in Aspic" at the time and wanted Alton to shoot his next picture. Alton agreed to talk to him about it the next day, but Mann died before their meeting. According to Alton, "He'd been losing so much money at the casino, that ...