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How Terrence Malick Got His Rapturous, Mystical Look in “A Hidden Life” (The Wrap)

DP Jörg Widmer talks about working around the challenging but magical parameters that make a Malick film a Malick film.

“Jörg Widmer has worked with director Terrence Malick on seven movies dating back to 2005’s The New World, but A Hidden Life is the first time he’s served as director of photography rather than as a camera operator for Malick’s usual cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. That history meant that Widmer knew what to expect — long takes, natural light, a limited set of lenses — going into A Hidden Life, the rapturous chronicle of Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who was executed by the Nazis for refusing to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler in World War II.” – Source: The Wrap

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(From L-R): August Diehl, Valerie Pachner and director of photography Joerg Widmer on the set of ‘A Hidden Life.’ Photo by Reiner Bajo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

WHY THIS MATTERS:

Serving the cinematographer for Terrence Malick for the first time, Jörg Widmer talks about working around the challenging but magical parameters that make a Malick film a Malick film: long takes, natural light where possible, and a propensity to let the camera run and see where that takes you.

Read more: How A Hidden Life DP Shot Malick’s First Digital Film With Mostly Natural Light (No Film School)

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