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Tribute to a great cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa, at LACMA

April 25, 2013|By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
  • Dolores del Rio in a scene from the film "Flor Silvestre," which was shot by Gabriel Figueroa.
Dolores del Rio in a scene from the film "Flor Silvestre," which… (Films Mundiales, S.A. )

To celebrate the opening of the Paris Photo Los Angeles photography fair on the Paramount lot, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is screening "Miradas Multiples, La Maquina Loca" ("Multiple Visions, The Crazy Machine"), a gorgeous documentary directed by Emilio Maille about the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, who will be the subject of a LACMA exhibition later this year.

Figueroa shot more than 200 films, and the stunning imagery here shows what a complete master of black and white he was.

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If you don't believe your eyes, you can listen to Figueroa's peers, great cinematographers, such as  Vittorio Storaro, Raoul Coutard, Christopher Doyle and Haskell Wexler, sing his praises. "If he was in a museum," says one director of photography, "he'd be by himself, like the Mona Lisa."

Screening at 8 p.m. on April 26, at LACMA's Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission. See for yourself.

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