Magazine article Variety

A Brilliant Eye for Visuals and for Social Issues

Magazine article Variety

A Brilliant Eye for Visuals and for Social Issues

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Influential cinematographer and social documentarían Haskell Wexler died Dec. 27 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 93.

Wexler won two Oscars for cinematography, for 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and 1976's "Bound for Glory." He wrote, directed and largely financed two features, the politically charged "Medium Cool" in 1969 and "Latino" in 1985.

His cool, uncluttered but visually distinct style grew out of his years as an educational and industrial filmmaker, which led to his photographing of documentaries such as 1960's "The Savage Eye" and, with Richard Pearce, the Oscar-winning short docu "Interviews With My Lai Veterans," directed by Joseph Strick. He continued to invest his own money in films that promoted causes, because he saw them "as an instrument for social change," he said. …

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