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John Alcott (I) (1931–1986)


John Alcott, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, was born in 1931, in Isleworth, England, the son of movie executive Arthur Alcott, who would become the production controller at Gainsborough Studios during the 1940s. Alcott began his film career as a clapper boy, the lowest member of a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Barry Lyndon Cinematographer
(1975)
A Clockwork Orange Cinematographer
(1971)
No Way Out Cinematographer
(1987)
2001: A Space Odyssey Camera and Electrical Department
(1968)

Filmography

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 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey (additional photography)
 1965 Othello (assistant camera - uncredited)
 1963 Tamahine (focus puller - uncredited)
 1962 The Main Attraction (focus puller - uncredited)
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind (focus puller - uncredited)
 1961 The Singer Not the Song (focus puller - uncredited)
 1960 Sacred Waters (assistant camera)
 1959 North West Frontier (focus puller - uncredited)
 1958 A Night to Remember (focus puller - uncredited)
 1958 Violent Playground (focus puller - uncredited)
 1956 Checkpoint (second unit photography - uncredited)
 1956 Tiger in the Smoke (focus puller - uncredited)
 1956 A Town Like Alice (focus puller - uncredited)
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy (focus puller - uncredited)
 1955 Value for Money (focus puller - uncredited)
 1954 Man with a Million (clapper loader - uncredited)
 1953 Desperate Moment (clapper loader - uncredited)
 1953 The Long Memory (clapper loader - uncredited)
 1952 The Assassin (clapper loader - uncredited)
 1952 The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (clapper loader - uncredited)
 1948 Easy Money (clapper/loader - uncredited)
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Personal Quote:

[on the shooting of Barry Lyndon (1975)} "There was a great deal of testing of possible photographic approaches and effects - the candlelight thing, for example. Actually, we had talked about shooting solely by candlelight as far back as '2001', when Stanley Kubrick was planning to film 'Napoleon' but the requisite fast lenses were not available at the time....The objective was to shoot these ... See more »

Trivia:

He developed the versatile non-anamorphic Super Techniscope system. It would later be in use under the same "System 35.". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently used natural lighting as cinematographer.

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