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Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-winner Haskell Wexler about two cinematic classics...

“I shot In the Heat of the Night [1967] based on my views of black and white,” states Chicago-born cinematographer Haskell Wexler. “A lot of things I did were considered to be daring, like I put airplane landing lights into cars so that the intensity of lights were adequate to deal with colour.” The other innovative lighting techniques were used such as bouncing light off the ceiling and down onto a set like a still photographer. “I had an umbrella light which sent rays in a rounded way.” Much has been made of the way Wexler was able to light Sydney Poitier who plays a Philadelphia police detective recruited to assist a bigoted Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) in a murder investigation while waiting for a train back home. “Rod was getting make-up and joked to Sydney, ‘All you have »

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