Friday, November 02, 2007

Muriel Awards 2007 FYC #7

Best Cinematography: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Roger Deakins)

Normally, when I do this FYC posts, I try to avoid the obvious choices, but this is so worthy that I can't resist. I mean, just look at it. Even setting aside the use of strange lenses, Assassination will almost certainly be the most visually ravishing film that gets released in 2007. The quality of the sunlight, the warmth of the candlelight in the interior scenes- one could be content just to bask in this movie's glow. But the film is also an act of conscious mythmaking even as it rewrites the popular line of thinking on its villain, so no less than a ravishing visual treatment of the story is required. Roger Deakins, long one of the best cinematographers in the business, has outdone himself again here, and director Andrew Dominik is to be thanked for bringing out the best in him.

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