He may have lost the Best Cinematography Oscar to Robert Elswit’s There Will Be Blood this year (and deservedly so, from what I’ve heard, and hope to see at some point this week – more on that later), but he was nominated twice this year (The Assassination of Jesse James and No Country for Old Men) and he’s still one of the greatest and most celebrated cinematographers of our time. Bottom line – when Roger Deakins talks, filmmakers everywhere had better sit up and listen.
Los Angeles filmmakers and cinephiles will get their chance on Wednesday, February 27th, when the UCLA Film and TV Archive continues their “occasional series in which today’s leading directors, actors, writers and other filmmakers present the films that have most influenced their careers.
More info after the jump.
ARMY OF SHADOWS
(L’ARMÉE DES OMBRES)
(1969, France) Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Director Jean-Pierre Melville (LE SAMOURAI, BOB LE FLAMBEUR) spent 25 years bringing Joseph Kessel’s saga of the French Resistance to the screen only to see his screen adaptation dismissed by French critics as a “Gaulist” tract on its initial release in 1969. Since then, ARMY OF SHADOWS has emerged as a modern masterpiece of style and suspense, as well as the crowning achievement of Melville’s career.
The screening starts at 7:30. Deakins and Hanson will be there in person to discuss the film after the screening. Tickets are available from the UCLA Film and TV Archive website.