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Robert Elswit

Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014). Elswit frequently works with director Paul Thomas Anderson and has worked with George ... See full bio »

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Known For

There Will Be Blood Cinematographer
Good Night, and Good Luck. Cinematographer
Nightcrawler Cinematographer
Punch-Drunk Love Cinematographer


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 2021 King Richard (director of photography)
 2020 The King of Staten Island (director of photography)
 2019 Apple Snowbrawl (Short)
 2019 Velvet Buzzsaw (director of photography)
 2018 Skyscraper (director of photography)
 2018 Write When You Get Work (director of photography)
 2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (director of photography)
 2017 Suburbicon (director of photography)
 2016/I Gold (director of photography)
 2016 Nespresso: Change Nothing (Video short)
 2016 The Night Of (TV Mini Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Beach (2016) ... (director of photography)
 2014 Inherent Vice (director of photography)
 2014 Nightcrawler (director of photography)
 2012 The Bourne Legacy (director of photography)
 2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (director of photography)
 2010 The Town (director of photography)
 2010 Salt (director of photography)
 2010 Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (Video short) (director of photography)
 2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats (director of photography)
 2009 Duplicity (director of photography)
 2008 The Burning Plain (director of photography)
 2008 Redbelt (director of photography)
 2007 There Will Be Blood (director of photography)
 2007 Michael Clayton (director of photography)
 2006 American Dreamz (director of photography)
 2005 Syriana (director of photography)
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. (director of photography)
 2003 Runaway Jury (director of photography)
 2003 Gigli (director of photography)
 2003 Blossoms & Blood (Video short)
 2003 Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)
 2003 Behind the Red Door (director of photography)
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love (director of photography)
 2001 Impostor (director of photography)
 2001 Heist (director of photography)
 2000 Bounce (director of photography)
 1999 Magnolia (director of photography)
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Music Video)
 1999 Fiona Apple: Fast as You Can (Music Video)
 1999 8MM (director of photography)
 1998 Richard Lester! (Documentary short)
 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies (director of photography)
 1997 Boogie Nights (director of photography)
 1997 Michael Penn: Try (Music Video)
 1997 Prince Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1997)
 1996 Boys (director of photography)
 1996 The Pallbearer (director of photography)
 1996 Hard Eight (director of photography)
 1994 The River Wild (director of photography)
 1993 A Dangerous Woman (director of photography)
 1992 Human Target (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Unaired Pilot (1992)
- Pilot (1992)
 1992 Waterland (director of photography)
 1992 The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (director of photography)
 1991 Vidiots (TV Movie)
 1991 Paris Trout
 1991 The Summer My Father Grew Up (TV Movie)
 1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (TV Movie) (segment "1, 2")
 1990 Opposites Attract (TV Movie)
 1990 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1990 Bad Influence (director of photography)
 1989 Heart of Dixie (director of photography)
 1989 How I Got Into College (director of photography)
 1989 Margaret Bourke-White (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1989 Dream Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1989)
 1988 Cadillac Dreams (Short)
 1988 Return of the Living Dead II (director of photography)
 1987 Into the Homeland (TV Movie)
 1987 Long Gone (TV Movie)
 1987 Amazing Grace and Chuck (director of photography)
 1987 A Different Affair (TV Movie)
 1986 Trick or Treat (director of photography)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
 1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series short) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The War Between the Classes (1985) ... (director of photography)
 1985 Desert Hearts (director of photography)
 1985 Moving Violations (director of photography)
 1985 The Sure Thing (director of photography)
 1983 Tiger Town (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1983 Summerspell (director of photography)
 1982 All Summer in a Day (TV Short) (director of photography)
 1981 A Single Light (TV Movie)
 1981 The End of August (director of photography - as Bob Elswit)
 1980 CBS Library (TV Series) (1 episode)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Fiona Apple - "Limp" (2000) See more »

Alternate Names:

Bob Elswit | Robert Elswitt


Helen Elswit  (divorced)

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[on Gigli (2003)] Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. Marty Brest [Martin Brest] is one of the smartest, funniest, most intelligent, strange, neurotic human beings I've ever worked with, and I really loved it. What he can't do is write. He made a horrible mistake. He tried to write his own movie. There are some people whose imaginative skills are all about taking a screenplay and working it into... See more »


Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.). See more »

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