But, hey -- look how gorgeous the rest of these films are! This is, after all, the Black-and-White Cinematography category. Let the beauty wash over you...
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY
Philip H. Lathrop, director of photography
Really, except for these stills from the film's climax, I didn't find the work all that remarkable or challenging. Still, what's done is done well, and the film is great, besides.
FATE IS THE HUNTER
Milton R. Krasner, director of photography
HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE
Joseph F. Biroc, director of photography
Those shadows and candles and silhouettes provide much of the creep factor of Charlotte. Biroc works real magic with this horror piece. God, I love that shot above with Charlotte in light and her cousin (that "vile, sorry little bitch") in shadow. Even when we cut to her coverage, Miriam is still a little...shady? Shall we say?
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
Gabriel Figueroa, director of photography
By day, it is so bright that you feel the heat, the sun and the sand. By night, the moon provides the only illumination as Burton and Kerr engage in some serious soul-searching...and Gardner in some serious sex-dancing. It's so so so so gorgeous.
ZORBA THE GREEK
Walter Lassally, director of photography
Goddam I love the technicals of this film. Look at that. It's moody, it's beautiful, it's its own story. The conspirators in shadow, the heroes in light. It's cinematography with meaning, man.
Lassally won the Oscar. Of course he won the Oscar. Not only was his a Best Pic nominee but..I mean..look at that. Still, you know that my heart belongs to another.
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
All of these nominees are examples of black and white cinematography at its finest. It is almost impossible to single one out.
Lathrop, I think was very underrated in his time. Maybe he was stigmatized as a "TV" cinematographer. In spite of a lot of interesting work in movies, his only other nomination was in 1974 for "Earthquake"!
Krasner photographed "All About Eve" in 1950, and won for "Three Coins in the Fountain" a few years later. It's too bad "Fate is the Hunter is not yet readily available.
Biroc has a list of credits a mile long, including 3 from your last Oscar year of 1974 ("Shanks", "Blazing Saddles" and his one Oscar win, "Towering Inferno"). He did everything, from 1950's sci-fi to screwball comedy, to "It's A Wonderful Life"!
Figueroa was well-known in Mexico. He worked with Luis Bunuel among many others. His nomination was well deserved, although somewhat of an anomaly by Academy standards.
Lassally worked magic with "Zorba". I think he may have been the sentimental favorite, having failed to earn a nomination the year before for BP-winner "Tom Jones".
NIGHT OF THE IGUANA!!!!!!!! Hee. Yup, movie is just so lovely...although I want a remake in colour. Jude Law as our drunken Pastor because...well, just because.
I don't know, I just don't find Lathrop's work all that outstanding. Which it doesn't have to be, true, it gets the job done and doesn't take me out of the films. But he's getting nominations?
Fate is the Hunter is just one of many examples of Oscar-nominated films doomed to become lost due to lack of concern on the studio's part. I feel like once you're up for Oscar Gold, you should move to the top of the preservation list. It's history, dammit!
Andrew: Oh, you know I'm working on that Casting Coup for future use ;)
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