Monday, March 12, 2007

Joe MacDonald

The Art of Memory has a tribute to one of my favorite cinematographers, Joe MacDonald.

MacDonald, who worked mostly at Fox, shot films like My Darling Clementine (John Ford), Pickup On South Street (Sam Fuller), Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin) and Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan). Clementine, which looks great even for a Ford Western and includes some interesting applications of noir techniques and lighting to the Western genre. He was also one of the few cinematographers who could bring some visual imagination to movie comedy; even a silly comedy like A Guide For the Married Man looks better than it should because MacDonald didn't make it look flat and over-bright like the typical '60s comedy.

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