Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The 9th Hall Of Fame Inductee For Contribution To Cinematography - Jorg Scmidt-Reitwein

This man is a courageous and great DP who, along with Thomas Mauch, has been to hell and back, sometimes quite literally, with Werner Herzog. That would be enough to warrant induction, but I shall furnish y’all with more details. He contributed to some of the maestro’s more baroque features, such as The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser, Heart Of Glass and Nosferatu, Phanton Der Nacht, and also to carry that mystique of “ecstatic truth” over to some of his documentaries, namely Fata Morgana and La Soufriere. Even in the midst of adversity (on Fata Morgana the crew were imprisoned because Schmidt-Reitwein’s name was similar to that of German mercenary who was sentenced to death in absentia; La Soufriere was shot with a guerrilla crew of three on an evacuated island where a volcano is predicted to erupt), he managed to capture some of the most startling images in all of cinema.

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