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Times they are a.changin and the longer you live the more change you see. Sometimes that can be good, but other times you find that you are a person lost as you can.t adjust to those changes. Monte Walsh (Lee Marvin) and Chet Rollins (Jack Palance) are cowboys who made their livings traveling from job to plentiful job. However, times are changing and those same jobs are now becoming harder to find as the great open spaces are becoming fenced and owned by bankers and lawyers. Many of the ranches that the boys got jobs on in the past are no more. They do run into Cal Brennan (Jim Davis) who offers them a job on his »
- Jeff Swindoll
William A. Fraker was a leading cinematographer in films from the late 1960s, photographing such films as Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and the 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic. He earned six Academy Award nominations during his career for his work on Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), the fantasy classic Heaven Can Wait (1978) starring Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg’s 1941 (1979), WarGames (1983), and Murphy’s Romance (1985).
Fraker was born in Los Angeles on September 29, 1923 and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He studied at the USC School of Cinema and worked as a photographer’s assistant. He began working as a camera operator for television in the early 1960s. He served as a cinematographer for the obscure television production The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (a.k.a. The Haunted) (1964) for director Joseph Stefano, and for Leslie Steven’s off-beat, Esperanto-language horror film Incubus (1965) starring William Shatner. »
- Harris Lentz
Cinematographer whose innovative work brought him five Oscar nominations
The American cinematographer William Fraker, who has died of cancer aged 86, worked on dozens of mainstream films – the good, the bad, but never the ugly. Fraker could not be praised or blamed for the direction, acting or script, but the look of a film was, on the whole, his responsibility. Although he saw himself as part of a team who tried to fulfil the director's vision, Fraker began to push the boundaries of cinematography in commercial cinema by using faster and wider lenses, restricting lighting sources and employing techniques such as flashing and deliberate overexposure.
According to Fraker: "The director is the captain of the ship, the cinematographer is the executive officer. You have to really learn who you're working with and what they think. It's like a marriage. As a cinematographer, you can immediately tell a terrific director if they »
- Ronald Bergan
Revered Hollywood cinematographer William Fraker has lost his battle with cancer, aged 86.
The filmmaker, who was nominated for six Oscars, died in Los Angeles on Monday.
After serving in World War Two, Fraker began a career as a photographer and his first project involved a Marilyn Monroe calendar.
He got his start as a camera operator on the popular TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and landed his first job as a cinematographer in 1967's Games.
4 items from 2010
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