OT: RIP Haskell Wexler

rs170a wrote on 12/28/2015, 6:48 AM
Noted cinematographer Haskell Wexler died yesterday at age 93 after a long and productive career.

Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies At 93

Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 93

One of his lesser know documentaries was Who Needs Sleep, inspired by the death of a worker who fell asleep driving his car home after a 19-hour stint on a movie set.
Who Needs Sleep?



Steve Grisetti wrote on 12/28/2015, 8:02 AM
Definitely one of the industry's artists.
Grazie wrote on 12/28/2015, 10:27 AM
Oh dear me . . .

I met Mr Wexler in the 70s in Cape Town. I attended an amazing lecture on photography and the image. A most charming and inspiring human being.

Sleep well Haskell . . . Your influence will ring on and on and on . . .

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rraud wrote on 12/28/2015, 10:39 AM
I just saw 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's nest. yesterday', in which Mr Wexler was the DP . Many of us sound folks are acquainted with his is son Jeff, whom I've sent condolences.
JackW wrote on 12/28/2015, 1:18 PM
Read his obituary in the morning paper. He was one of the best and left behind a wonderful legacy.

SecondWind-SK wrote on 12/28/2015, 1:30 PM
Wonderful artist and a very kind gentleman. I had a small part in "The Babe". Mr. Wexler was the DP with Arthur Hiller directing. Shooting in a minor league stadium in Danville, IL, my first scene was on my first day on set. My second scene was the only interior scheduled for this location. Hiller planned to shoot this scene if/when it rained. Fortunately for me, that didn't occur until six days later. In the meantime I was able to observe how Wexler and Hiller interacted to set up shots, choose camera angles, etc. It was a real education. There were 100s of extras that had to be moved to different parts of the stadium depending on the shot angle. Wexler was very generous with his time during these lulls, answering questions, telling stories. RIP indeed.