April 2024

Realism With A Master’s Touch: The Asphalt Jungle

This article originally appeared in AC Aug. 1950 The Asphalt Jungle is a tautly-paced drama of the underworld that runs the emotional gamut from harsh brutality to quiet sensitivity. Its plot is based on the familiar chase pattern, but more specifically the pursuit by the law of a group of shady characters involved in a jewel theft. It is the type of a story which, in less skilled hands, might have evolved into a run-of-the-mill melodrama — but favored by the incisive direction of John Huston, the outstanding photography by Hal Rosson, ASC, and top-notch performances by a uniformly excellent cast — the picture emerges not only as bang-up entertainment, but as a very artistic technical achievement as well. “[Huston] wanted Jungle to have...more

Asphalt Jungle 1950 Featured

Herb A. Lightman


Medium Cool Forster Bloom
November 2022

The Filming of Medium Cool

How Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, ASC scripted, co-produced, directed, and photographed a cinema classic....more

Network Feature
December 2021

Network and How it Was Photographed

An interview with the Academy Award-nominated director of photography, who accepted a basically uncinematic feature assignment and succeeded in making it a visual work of art....more

Charade Feature
August 2021

The Photography of Charade

An interview with Charles B. Lang, Jr., ASC — who filmed the project on a variety of practical locations throughout Paris....more


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