Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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Et tu, auteur?

As a writer and producer for screen and television and a former stage director who recently directed his first short film, I find AC highly informative and inspiring. However, I found Richard Shore's comments in October's Filmmaker's Forum disturbing, baffling and insulting to serious filmmakers. Claiming that "the author of a film is the director" is absurd. This kind of nonsense has bred a generation of European filmmakers who are generally so inept that their governments are trying to erect government barriers to protect them from American films. If there is a single author to a film it must be the writer. I think only the writer/director can truly lay claim to that title or to the term "auteur."

Congratulations on a great magazine.

- James Tugend

Los Angeles

Emmy Oversight

Your article in the October issue concerning the 1993 Emmy Award nominations for cinematography omitted the category of "Informational Special Cinematography." My fellow colleague Sid Perou - a fine cameraman and speleologist based in England - and I were honored and privileged to be recognized for our work on the National Geographic special Mysteries Underground by winning the Emmy in this category.

- Lionel Friedberg

Woodland Hills, CA

Simian Slip-Up

In Gorillas In Their Midst (AC August), a number of inaccuracies appeared. …

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