Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

VideoGram

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New York, New York

Produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Photographed by Laszlo Kovacs, ASC.

(MGM/UA Home Video)

Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro star in this musical/drama about show business in the 40s and 50s. For those who find the romantic elements abrasive, there is plenty of extra texture to delight the senses. The songs by Kander and Ebb are nicely integrated with songs of the time by musical supervisor, Ralph Burns and Boris Leven's production design is as rich as the movies that inspired it.

When New York, New York was originally released on video, scenes cut from the theatrical version gloriously reappeared. Now with video revision becoming a trend in the marketplace, we can see more of what Laszlo Kovacs, ASC had in mind when composing his shots. It doesn't matter what you call it, letterbox or videoscope, it accents the role of the cinematographer in a medium which so often disregards and defaces that which is so hard to achieve: find cinematography. Hopefully, with time, those who believe they are being cheated when their television screen isn't filled to the edges will realize that they are not losing something, but gaining something that was lost in the video translation.

Crossing De/ancey

Produced by Michael Nozik.

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver.

Photographed by Theo Man de Sande.

(Warner Home Video)

Amy Irving and Peter Riegert astar, excellently supported by Reizl Bozyk, Sylvia Miles, and Jeroen Krabbe, in this story of a modern woman caught between love, infatuation, feminism, old world wisdom, and that great Shakespearean ingredient, foolishness.

Theo Van de Sande finds his source light in a scene, shows us the environment, and then focuses on the faces of the actors, drawing us into Susan Sandler's well crafted romance that Joan Micklin Silver has so sensitively directed.

Curse of the Demon

Produced by Hal E. Chester

Directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Photographed by Ted Scaife.

(RCA/Columbia Home Video-Image Entertainment)

Dana Andrews is pitted against an evil demon conjured up by Niall MacGinnis in order to protect his secret society. Ted Scaife's deep focus black and white photography is in perfect harmony with Tourneur's suspenseful direction. This journey from skepticism to the supernatural has many memorable atmospheric moments, a storm invoked by MacGinnis is one of the best. …

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