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Cinematographer Darius Khondji Leans Into Garish, Gritty ’80s Aesthetics For “Uncut Gems” (Deadline)

“It’s the first movie that I can watch, many times, after I’ve photographed it…I see the film almost as if I hadn’t shot it,” says Khondji.

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“On the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems, cinematographer Darius Khondji found himself pulled into an ’80s sensibility—a world he was not initially inclined to embrace. A tense Diamond District thriller centered on overly ambitious jeweler Howard Ratner, the mobile, high-contrast film was inspired by postmodern architecture, the work of Robert Altman, and the gaudy taste of the young and wealthy in New York.” – Source: Deadline

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WHY THIS MATTERS:

Celebrated cinematographer Darius Khondji (Se7en, Delicatessen, Midnight in Paris) describes how he veered away from his own aesthetics to embrace the gritty, late ’80s aesthetics of the Safdie Brothers for Uncut Gems and in the process found that “it’s unlike any other film I’ve worked on, in terms of the experience of the film, and also the result of the film.” Khondji adds that it’s “the first movie that I can watch, many times, after I’ve photographed it…I see the film almost as if I hadn’t shot it.”

 

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