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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Arriving At Simplicity - Sven Nykvist 1922-2006

Seems strange to Dead Beat that he should be discussing cinema and cinematography so much at this time when the news comes through that cinematographer Sven Nykvist, who was so important to the work of director Ingmar Bergman, has died.

Nykvist was considered by many to the world’s greatest living cinematographer. Not alone did he work with Bergman but also Louis Malle, Andrei Tarkovsky ( this is most strange since Dead Beat has just finished some posts on Tarkovsky which would have been posted today) and Woody Allen.

More on this to come. Let us go out with his words:

"Today we make everything so complicated. The lighting, the cameras, the acting. It has taken me thirty years to arrive at simplicity."

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