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CineTributes: Christopher Doyle

What is there to say about Christopher Doyle that hasn't already been said at length? Capturing first the eyes, then the minds, then the hearts of film fans all across the globe, the maverick cinematographer has consistently been one of the most exciting, innovating, rewarding artists in film since his career began nearly 40 years ago. Just about all there is to be written about Doyle has already been written, yet none of it has come even halfway close to describing the astonishing beauty and creativity of his cinematography.

So all I'm going to say is this: he's still underrated. This man may be the most skilled human being on the planet with a camera, as evidenced in his outrageously ambitious technical shots. He may also be one of the world's most idiosyncratic and inspired visual minds. He may, indeed, come to be remembered, decades from now, as the greatest cinematographer who has yet graced our screens with their brilliance. To garner inclusion in my CineTributes feature (of which Doyle will be the last), all a cinematographer needed to show was that their greatness has as yet failed to be acknowledged by th Academy with an Oscar nomination. Doyle deserves to have won many, and has been in the conversations for nominations for a few, but they're still yet to rank any of his achievements as among the five finest cinematographic achievements of any given year. Judging by the current trajectory of his fascinating career, it doesn't look like that's about to change any time soon. And why should it? Looks like Chris doesn't much care for awards recognition, and good for him. Those who need to know do know, and we know he's one of the all-time greats. Enjoy the video, and be sure to check out my Vimeo page where all 31 CineTributes have been gathered for your viewing pleasure!

Films featured

That Day, on the Beach, 1983

My Heart Is That Eternal Rose, 1989

Days of Being Wild, 1990

Chungking Express, 1994

Ashes of Time, 1994

Fallen Angels, 1995

Temptress Moon, 1996

Happy Together, 1997

Away with Words, 1999

In the Mood for Love, 2000

Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2002

Hero, 2002

Last Life in the Universe, 2003

2046, 2004

Dumplings, 2004

The White Coutness, 2005

Invisible Waves, 2006

Lady in the Water, 2006

Paranoid Park, 2007

The Limits of Control, 2009

Magic Magic, 2013

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