Thursday, January 24, 2013

James Wong Howe, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer

The great cinematographer, Mr. James Wong Howe photographed some of Classic Hollywood's most popular films.


Here are some clips/trailers from some of those great films:

Peter Pan (1924)

James Wong Howe was credited as "James Howe" for Peter Pan. Judging by the clip, this movie looks like it has been well-preserved over the years, therefore making it easier for us to observe Howe's work in it. 


Shanghai Express (1932)

This is a fan-made video consisting of several short clips from Shanghai Express. Photographer Lee Garmes won the Best Cinematography Academy Award for this film, but Marlene Dietrich claimed that director Josef von Sternberg directed most of the cinematography--and James Wong Howe went uncredited for his work. 


The Thin Man (1934)

This is the trailer for the hit comedy-mystery, The Thin Man (1934). There are some amazing distance and close-up shots in this trailer!


Algiers (1938)

Here is a gorgeous clip from Howe's first Oscar-nominated work.


Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Did you know that Howe was the Director of Photography for this Warner Brothers Classic?


James Wong Howe won his first Oscar as Director of Photography for The Rose Tattoo (1955). 

He won his second Oscar for his work in 1963's Hud.

Hud (1963)

Check out this beautifully shot scene from Hud.


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