26 September 2006


I forgot to mention, as I didn't have the Internet set up at my new place yet, the passing of master cinematographer Sven Nykvist, pictured above with Ingmar Bergman. He began his lucrative collaboration with Bergman with The Virgin Spring in 1960, which continued until Autumn Sonata. Nykvist shot some of Bergman's finest films (the Silence of God trilogy, Persona, Cries and Whispers, The Passion of Anna), in addition to working with Woody Allen on some of his later works like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Allen's segment in New York Stories, and Celebrity. His other notable credits include Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice, Norman Jewison's Agnes of God, Volker Schlöndorff's Un Amour de Swann, Louis Malle's Pretty Baby and Black Moon, and Roman Polanski's The Tenant. He directed a film himself called The Ox (Oxen) with Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, and Stellan Skarsgård in 1991. His son, Carl-Gustaf, directed a documentary about Nykvist called Light Keeps Me Company in 2000. He won two Oscars for Fanny & Alexander and Cries and Whispers, as well as a special prize for Best Artistic Contribution for The Sacrifice. His influence on the world of cinema will never be forgotten.

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