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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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


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 2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (director of photography)
 2017 Suburbicon
 2016/I Gold (director of photography)
  The Night Of (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode) (director of photography - 1 episode, 2016)
- The Beach (2016) ... (director of photography)
 2014 Inherent Vice
 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)
 2005 Syriana (director of photography)
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. (director of photography)
 2003 Runaway Jury
 2003 Gigli
 2003 Blossoms & Blood (Video short)
 2003 Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love (director of photography)
 2001 Impostor
 2001 Heist (director of photography)
 2000 Bounce
 1999 Magnolia
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video short)
 1999 Fiona Apple: Fast as You Can (Video short)
 1999 8MM
 1998 Richard Lester! (Documentary short)
 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies (director of photography)
 1997 Boogie Nights
 1997 Michael Penn: Try (Video short)
 1997 Prince Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1997)
 1996 Boys
 1996 Hard Eight
 1994 The River Wild (director of photography)
 1992 Human Target (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Unaired Pilot (1992)
- Pilot (1992)
 1992 Waterland
 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)
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1990 Bad Influence
 1989 Heart of Dixie (director of photography)
 1989 Margaret Bourke-White (TV Movie)
 1989 Dream Street (TV Series)
 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)
 1986 Trick or Treat (director of photography)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
 1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The War Between the Classes (1985) ... (director of photography)
 1985 Desert Hearts
 1985 Moving Violations (director of photography)
 1985 The Sure Thing (director of photography)
 1983 Summerspell
 1983 Tiger Town (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1982 All Summer in a Day (TV Short) (director of photography)
 1982 The End of August (director of photography - as Bob Elswit)
 1981 A Single Light (TV Movie)
 1980 CBS Library (TV Series) (1 episode)
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Director of photography for the following music videos (all directed by Paul Thomas Anderson): See more »

Alternate Names:

Bob Elswit | Robert Elswitt

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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 »


Frequently works with Paul Thomas Anderson. See more »

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