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The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)

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The Life and work of John Alonzo, one of the greatest cinematographers of cinema


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15 November 2007 (Germany)  »

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A férfi, aki a Kínai negyedet fényképezte  »

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mediocre documentary
15 November 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I watched this yesterday during its premiere in cologne. The movie is somewhat clumsy edited and has problems with setting an emphasis besides repeatedly flattering John Alonzo.

Considering the title one would hope its emphasis was on Chinatown. But it's not! You get a little of Alonzo's childhood, his start in the business, his failed family life. But it is all kind of thrown at you and some parts seem like the rough cut.

The movie does not have an off-speaker, but is carried by many interviews with all kinds of (TOO MANY!!) people in the film industry. The biggest problem here is the absence of the VERY important people who were involved in Chinatown i.e. Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson, Robert Evans, Robert Towne, Faye Dunawaye...

The highlight of the movie is the acknowledged film critic Roger Ebert's brief insight of the special camera-work in Chinatown.


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