INTERVIEW: Cinematographer Roger Deakins chats about his three praised films of 2007

 

Three markedly different films, released within three months of each other. That's the artistic trifecta that cinematographer Roger Deakins pulled off last fall. For writer-director Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah the 58-year-old British-born cameraman turned a military dad's search for his AWOL Iraq War-veteran son into a blanched vision of emotional desolation. For The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, he helped Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik bring a supremely tactile physicality to Canadian landscapes framed as the American West. And for No Country for Old Men, he worked with his longtime collaborators Joel and Ethan Coen to place the story of a drug deal gone very, very wrong within a toxic, sun-blasted-by-day, neon-suffused-by-night south-Texas backdrop.

All that finely wrought work makes Deakins a likely Best Cinematography contender at the Oscars. (He may already have prospects for next year's derby, too, since he's got the prestigious-sounding December 2008 release Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and directed by Sam Mendes, in the can.) The D.P. has been nominated five times already — for The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou, and The Man Who Wasn't There. Whatever this year's horserace outcome might be, it's definitely time for Roger Deakins' close-up on EW.com.

(Source: EW)


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