An insightful documentary on one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers, the talented John A. Alonzo (1934-2001). With more than 80 credits to his resume in a distinguished career that ...
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An insightful documentary on one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers, the talented John A. Alonzo (1934-2001). With more than 80 credits to his resume in a distinguished career that lasted more than 30 years, Alonzo is best known for his extensive and creative work in Chinatown (1974), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Actors, specialists and friends discuss about his life and work, and the certain lack of recognition he suffered for a certain period in the business. Written by
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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