March 22, 2017

Woody Allen & Vilmos Zsigmond: “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”


BY BOB FISHER

“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” is a rendezvous you can count on. The new Woody Allen film is coming to a cinema screen in your neighborhood. Mark it on your calendar so you don’t forget, because it isn’t scheduled for release until early Fall.

The film marks the third collaboration for Allen and legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. Their previous co-ventures were “Casandra’s Dream,” a feature film that was released in 2007, and the 2004 television movie “Melinda and Melinda.”

There are no visual effects or other pyrotechnics. Zsigmond describes “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” as “a story about real people like your neighbors and friends, who desperately want romance in their lives.”

The title comes from an early scene where a lonely woman consults with a gypsy fortune teller who predicts that she will meet the love of her life. The script and the lure of working with Allen and Zsigmond attracted an all-star cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones and Frieda Pinto.

The film was produced at practical locations in London. Zsigmond compares Allen’s approach to movie-making to a choreographer planning a ballet.

“There were no storyboards,” Zsigmond says. “Woody and I spoke about how he wanted to cover each scene, and then did a rehearsal. We shot at least 98 percent of the film with one 35 mm Panavision film camera that was frequently on a Steadicam following the actors. It wasn’t unusual for us to do three minute takes in one shot with Woody standing next to the camera experiencing the film the way audiences will see it.”

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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3 Comments

  • March 15, 2010 | Permalink |

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  • March 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    Vilmos is a class act. A gentleman and one of the most talented cinematographers alive.

  • April 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Megan Fox will for sure be a great model for Armani. But I don’t understand the decision why they will use Christiano Ronaldo as he is really stupid.

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