“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Look of the 1970s…

Posted on January 8, 2023 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Owen Roizman was a cinematographer who earned five Oscar nods for his impressive work on The French Connection, The Exorcist, Network, Tootsie and Wyatt Earp.  His flicks set the style for many of his future productions, with gritty street photography and available light.

“`Roizman had a tryout with the New York Yankees but contracted polio as a teenager. His father, Sol, was a cameraman for Movietone News. He began working during summer breaks at a camera store in Manhattan, and later, as assistant to cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld at MPO Videotronics. He collaborated with film directors William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack and Lawrence Kasdan.


“`After working on a few commercials, he became a cinematographer. His second movie, The French Connection, earned him early accolades. This led to a string of popular assignments, including Play It Again Sam, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Rose, Absence of MaliceThe Stepford Wives, The Heartbreak KidThree Days of the Condor, Grand Canyon, The Electric Horseman, and French Kiss (his final effort).

“`For a time, Roizman served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and became president of the American Society of Cinematographers. He received an honorary Academy Award at the 9th Governors Awards ceremony in 2017.

“`Owen Roizman was eighty-six.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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