Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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Robert Stevens

I regret to inform readers of the passing of Robert Stevens. director of Rod Serling's unforgettable Walking Distance (see American Cinematographer, June 1988), 45 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and scores of Playhouse 90s. He was 68.

A resident of Sutton Place in Manhattan, he was vacationing at his Westport, Connecticut summer home when he was brutally assaulted on August 7. Before going into cardiac arrest, he was able to name his assailant, who was later apprehended by police.

Stevens was one of the pioneers of New Yorktelevision. With Martin Manulis, he produced and directed the Suspense! series for CBS from 19491952. His mirror shots and bizarre camera angles were much admired by Hitchcock. He worked closely with Lionel Lindon, ASC, and John Russell, ASC in creating arch lighting schemes and imaginative compositions for the Hitchcock shows. Premonition with John Forsythe, The Magic Shopwlth Leslie Neilsen, and The Glass Eye were among his most memorable television Hitchcocks. The latter won him an Emmy in 1957.

I knew Stevens to be eccentric and reclusive, an avid theater and moviegoer. We had planned to write a book together on early television. He was a television director with an extraordinary visual sense. As Hitchcock once told him, he could set up a shot better than anyone. He should be remembered that way.

-Paul Mandell

New York City

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