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TIME’S RELENTLESS MELT: THE CINEMATOGRAPHY OF HASKELL WEXLER
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Critic Susan Sontag described taking a photograph as participating in another’s mortality, vulnerability, and mutability, “testifying to time’s relentless melt.” No cinematographer has been better at capturing the fleeting nature of our lives than the late Haskell Wexler. Raised in Chicago and educated at UC Berkeley and in the Merchant Marine during WWII, he brought radical new thinking to his craft as he pioneered the steadicam and moving-crane shots. The Trylon celebrates this towering figure with five of his most beautifully shot films. Sunday - Tuesday in April at the Trylon.

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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

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Sun Apr 02 3:00
Mon Apr 03 7:00 9:30
Tue Apr 04 7:00 9:30

(1975, DCP, 133m) dir Milos Forman w/Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson. Charismatic criminal Randle McMurphy (Nicholson) avoids hard labor by being sent to an abusive mental institution. Wexler was fired during production after clashing with director Forman, but his lensing is fundamental to the film’s success.

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MEDIUM COOL

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Sun Apr 09 3:00
Mon Apr 10 7:00 9:15
Tue Apr 11 7:00 9:15

(1969, DCP, 111m) dir Haskell Wexler w/Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill. Wexler’s first narrative directorial effort is a radical first-person account of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Groundbreaking for its free-form storytelling and handheld camerawork, Medium Cool is a cinematic essential.

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BOUND FOR GLORY

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Sun Apr 16 3:00
Mon Apr 17 7:00 9:45
Tue Apr 18 7:00 9:45

(1976, 35mm, 147m) dir Hal Ashby w/David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon. This fictional look at Woody Guthrie in the 1930s is profound not only for Wexler’s stunning landscape and low-light photography (for which he won his second Academy Award) but also for director Ashby’s patient plotting and deft character building.

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

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Sun Apr 23 3:00
Mon Apr 24 7:00 9:15
Tue Apr 25 7:00 9:15

(1967, DCP, 109m) dir Norman Jewison w/Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates. Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) is mistakenly arrested at a train station in Sparta, Mississippi, and becomes embroiled in a local murder case. Wexler’s toned-down lighting was the first tailored to an African American’s skin color.

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DAYS OF HEAVEN

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Sun Apr 30 3:00
Mon May 01 7:00 9:00
Tue May 02 7:00 9:00

(1978, 35mm, 94m) dir Terrence Malick w/Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard. After an accidental murder, three desperately poor Chicagoans flee to the Texas Panhandle for field work. Although Wexler’s screen credit is for additional photography (supporting Néstor Amendros), he said he once clocked the movie with a stopwatch to verify that he had shot more than half of it. Days of Heaven is often considered one of the most beautiful films ever made. Screenings of Days of Heaven are made possible with support from The Cult Film Collective.
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