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By John Alton

Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impression at the cinematic medium as John Alton. most sensible identified for his hugely stylized movie noir classics T-Men, He Walked by means of Night, and The massive Combo, Alton earned a name throughout the Forties and Nineteen Fifties as one among Hollywood's consummate craftsmen via his visible signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of sunshine. No much less well known for his virtuoso colour cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his paintings at the musical An American in Paris. First released in 1949, Painting With gentle remains one of many few really canonical statements at the paintings of movie images, an unequalled old rfile at the workings of postwar American cinema. In easy, non-technical language, Alton explains the activity of the cinematographer and explores how lighting fixtures, digicam strategies, and selection of destinations ensure the visible temper of movie. Todd McCarthy's advent offers an outline of Alton's biography and occupation and explores the impression of his paintings on modern cinematography and the foreword, written expressly for this version by means of award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, explores Alton’s frequently contentious relationships with colleagues, the yank Society of Cinematographers, and the motion picture itself.

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