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The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)

An insightful documentary on one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers, the talented John A. Alonzo (1934-2001). With more than 80 credits to his resume in a distinguished career that ... See full summary »

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Axel Schill
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Credited cast:
John A. Alonzo ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Crichton ... Himself
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself
Roger Ebert ... Himself
Sally Field ... Herself
Mike Figgis ... Himself
William Friedkin ... Himself
James Wong Howe ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Ritt ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Himself
John Toll ... Himself
Haskell Wexler ... Himself
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An insightful documentary on one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers, the talented John A. Alonzo (1934-2001). With more than 80 credits to his resume in a distinguished career that lasted more than 30 years, Alonzo is best known for his extensive and creative work in Chinatown (1974), which earned him an Oscar nomination. Actors, specialists and friends discuss about his life and work, and the certain lack of recognition he suffered for a certain period in the business. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The Life and work of John Alonzo, one of the greatest cinematographers of cinema


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Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

15 November 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A férfi, aki a Kínai negyedet fényképezte See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

EUR500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,455
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Runtime:

(TV) (2010)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Wonderful doc. at Plus CamerImage Filmfest, Lodz Poland
13 December 2007 | by corovamilkbarSee all my reviews

I saw this wonderful documentary at the Plus CamerImage Filmfest in Lodz, Poland in late November 2007. This film contains a lot of great footage that John Alonzo created and at the same time gave me an insight into how his life story and important experiences in his life then went into his work as a cinematographer. A classic underdog story where the versatility of Mr.Alonzo's life reflects his versatility as a cameraman. A lot of interviews, maybe a bit too many talking heads, but a lot of valuable information, which not everybody might get the first time around. This film doesn't speculate, it simply shows and considering the fact that documentaries about cameramen are pretty rare I like to salute the filmmakers for their efforts.


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