I can't think of a better way to remember the legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, who passed away earlier today, than with a few of his most indelible images.
Cries and Whispers
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Fanny and Alexander
September 23, 2006 3:59 AMReply
thank you for the article on Sven Nykvist
Joseph Culp |
September 22, 2006 8:52 AMReply
I had the great privilege of working with Sven Nykvist on Alan J. Pakula's film "Dream Lover" . I remember him as a meticulous artist and gentleman; kind, patient, soft-spoken and a warm sense of humor. I was a young, impressionable actor, who only later appreciated what a gifted legend he was, when I later became a lifelong ardent Bergman fan. I remember vividly the time and care he took lighting the scenes I was in, (which are beautiful and rich in the film) his exquisite use of darkness and how he captured an "ether-like" energy on film. With video and HD now, I doubt if we will see his kind of artistry again. A true painter, a "Master of Light", I feel sorrow at his passing and honored to have had that rare opportunity to be photgraphed by him. What a brilliant legacy and so many treasured works of art he has left us. Condolences and best wishes to his family,Joseph CulpActor "Dream Lover" (1986)
September 21, 2006 7:39 AMReply
"Light Keeps Me Company", Carl-Gustaf's homage to his father, is available from my company on DVD. It's the definitive look at Nykvist, and a must-see for fans of his work.
Bill Pace |
September 21, 2006 6:08 AMReply
Amen. Thanks for the images and reminding us of Sven's work beyond that with Bergman.
September 21, 2006 5:19 AMReply
We'll all remember the blood reds and chilly whites of "Cries and Whispers" and the Christmas joy of "Fanny and Alexander"...but so many of his non-Bergman work must also be invoked at this point: the long, dark hallway illuminating layer by layer as Gena Rowlands and Ian Holm return home in Woody Allen's "Another Woman"; those still, slow gazes across the apartment complex at still-life neighbors in Polanski's "The Tenant"; the cottage gradually burning to the ground as its inhabitants watch desperately in Tarkovsky's "The Sacrifice"....all unforgettable.
September 21, 2006 5:12 AMReply
thanks for the memories, Sven...
September 21, 2006 3:48 AMReply
Another great one, gone...