August 2023

Wrap Shot: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Shot in three-strip Technicolor, no expense was spared during the extravagant production of the 1938 action yarn The Adventures of Robin Hood, directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley and photographed by ASC members Tony Gaudio and Sol Polito. Budgeted at $2 million ($42 million today), it was the most expensive film Warner Bros. had made up to that time, and also one of the studio’s first color features. Both cinematographers were immigrants from Italy. The June 1938 edition of American Cinematographer featured a striking portrait of Robin Hood stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Inside, on the table of contents, is noted: On the front cover this month is a scene from a great story of the outdoors, a story of Robin...more

Adventures of Robin Hood Flynn

David E. Williams

Notorious 2
July 2023

Wrap Shot: Notorious

A seemingly simple move in Hitchcock’s classic suspense drama proved to be a complex piece of camerawork and rigging....more

Robert Kurrle ASC w Lupe Velez
July 2023

Wrap Shot: Resurrección

Invited to join the ASC in 1921, cinematographer Robert Kurrle shot some 70 films in just 16 years, including this 1931 Tolstoy adaptation....more

Karl Freund Leica
June 2023

Wrap Shot: Setting a 35mm Standard

How did 35mm flexible-base roll film, originally designed for motion pictures, become adapted for use in compact still cameras — and then go on to become the longtime standard for many decades?...more

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