Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sven Nykvist, R.I.P.

by Jackrabbit Slim

Sven Nykvist, cinematographer extraordinaire, passed away. He was 83. He was one of the first cinematographers who I had heard of, as he was best known for being Ingmar Bergman's DP. He won two Oscars for Bergman films, Cries and Whispers and Fanny and Alexander, as well as most of the other Bergman classics, such as Persona, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence, and Scenes from a Marriage.

His American film work included the Woody Allen films Another Woman, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Celebrity, as well as Chaplin, Sleepless in Seattle and What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

His last few films were hardly notable--Mixed Nuts, Only You and Without Honors, but he was a great artist.


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