Cinematography by James Wong Howe

Cinematography by James Wong Howe

26 Episodes

When the opening credits read “Cinematography by James Wong Howe,” it’s a sure sign of quality. A brilliant innovator whose career spanned from the silent era to the 1970s, the Chinese American trailblazer became one of golden-age Hollywood’s preeminent cameramen, renowned for his mastery of light and shadow and pioneering use of deep-focus cinematography, low-key lighting (earning him the nickname Low-Key Howe), wide-angle lenses, and dolly shots, always in service of enhancing a film’s dramatic and psychological impact. Witness the Weegee-like tabloid punch he gives to the sleazy New York cityscapes of the noir classic SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS; the fantastical, phosphorescent colors of the witchy romantic romp BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE; and the distorted expressionist flourishes he brings to John Frankenheimer’s paranoiac nightmare SECONDS for a taste of Wong Howe’s inimitable artistry.

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Cinematography by James Wong Howe
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Episode 1

    Directed by Robert Ellis Miller • 1968 • United States
    Starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett

    When hearing-impaired John Singer (Alan Arkin) moves to a Southern town to be closer to a recently institutionalized friend who shares his condition, his profound compassion changes the liv...

  • Funny Lady

    Episode 2

    Directed by Herbert Ross • 1975 • United States
    Starring Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif

    Barbra Streisand is back and she’s better than ever as the exuberant Fanny Brice in this sequel to the acclaimed, Academy Award–winning FUNNY GIRL. This lively, lavish musical opens a new chapter i...