Without the availability of Alfonso Cuarón
’s go-to cinematographer, three-time Oscar winner, Chivo Lubezki, he was truly left to his own devices when shooting his childhood memory film, “Roma
.” But it turned out to be a blessing because it forced the director to confront the past by himself. And Cuarón made the bold, experimental choice of shooting in color with the Alexa 65, but then sculpting in black-and-white like a photo-realistic painter.
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The result was a cinematic masterstroke, as the director meticulously recreated the past through stream of consciousness recollections of his family, his house, and his neighborhood during the turbulent ’70s in Mexico City. “There is a tendency to use digital to create a filmic look, and I have done this, but, on this one, we didn’t want to emulate film, we wanted to embrace digital,