The Sopranos / Alik Sakharov, ASC - Part 1, Episode #1

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Alik Sakharov, ASC, the main director of photography on HBO’s The Sopranos, has revealed that the show’s controversial ending was partly inspired by the mindbending climax of Stanley Kubrick’s metaphysical space opera 2001: A Space Odyssey — an homage he planned carefully with the show’s creator, David Chase. In a wide-ranging interview with Stephen Pizzello of American Cinematographer, Sakharov reveals other secrets about the show’s final scene and offers an overview of his work on the series.

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