August 30, 2010

‘Amelie’ tops list of decade’s best cinematography

The folks at Movieline got their hands on a list of the top 50 films of the decade, from a cinematography standpoint, as laid out by voters at American Cinematographer magazine. Topping the list: Bruno Delbonnel’s work on “Amelie.” Delbonnel is a favorite among DPs. After all, “A Very Long Engagement” won him the ASC honor in 2004 and he received his third Oscar nomination of the decade for last year’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” But it’s still a surprising call.

Another delightfully unexpected pick is Jeff Cronenweth’s lensing of “Fight Club,” but John Toll’s thematically potent work on “The Thin Red Line” go unrecognized in the top 10 and shows up at #17. I’d also say Roger Deakins (one of my personal favorites), though at his usual top notch on “No Country for Old Men,” probably should have seen top 10 representation for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” instead. His work on the western just misses at #11.

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