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Here's a sterling example of what Hollywood excelled at back in the golden age: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains and Edward Everett Horton star in possibly the most magical of movies known as Film Blanc. A cosmic goof leaves a man with fifty years yet to live without a body -- so heavenly troubleshooters try to find him a new one. Here Comes Mr. Jordan Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 819 1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason. Cinematography Joseph Walker Art Direction Lionel Banks Film Editor Viola Lawrence Original Music Frederick Hollander Written by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller from the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall Produced by Everett Riskin Directed by Alexander Hall
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Back in the day, aspiring cinematographers would join the union and work their way up, learning their craft along the way. And if they were lucky, they would be mentored by a few good men.
“John is one of the last examples of that,” says Caleb Deschanel of fellow director of photography John Toll, who will receive the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the group’s 30th annual awards ceremony Feb. 14.
“(Toll) worked with fantastic d.p.’s and had the focus and determination to learn from them,” adds Deschanel, who himself received the career honor in 2009. “Today, there are so many film schools, and people burst onto the scene without all that experience. Many of the films John has done, with sweeping battles, would have become chaos in the hands of a lesser cinematographer. John maintains his artistry, because of his command of all the available »
- David Heuring
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