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Cinematographer Sven Nykvist dead

Published onsdag 20 september 2006 kl 17.57
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Nykvist is best known for his collaboration with legendary director, Ingemar Bergman
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Nykvist is best known for his collaboration with legendary director, Ingemar Bergman

Multi Academy Award winning filmmaker, Sven Nykvist is dead at 83.

Sven Nykvist is best known for his Oscar-winning collaboration with legendary Swedish film director, Ingemar Bergman, but during his long career, he also worked with many international film directors such as Louis Malle (”Pretty Baby”), Philip Kaufman (”The Unbearable Lightness Of Being”), Bob Fosse (”Star 80”), Nora Ephron (”Sleepless In Seatle”), Woody Allen (”Another Woman”, ”Crimes & Misdemeanors”), Richard Attenborough (”Chaplin”) and fellow Swede, Lasse Halstrom (”What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”).

Sven Nykvist won the Academy Award for cinematography for Ingemar Bergman’s ”Cries and Whispers” (”Viskingar och Rop”, 1973) and ”Fanny and Alexander” (1982).

Aside from his work as a cinematographer, Nykvist was also active as director, screenwriter and producer.

Sven Nykvist was born to missionary parents in southern Sweden in 1922. He studied photography at Stockholm’s School of Photography and began his professional career at the Sellman Film Company in the late 1930s. In 1941, Nykvist began work as first cameraman at the Swedish Film Studios, Sandrews.

He began his collaboration with Ingemar Bergman, one of the most artistically successful in film history, in 1953, on the film ”Sawdust and Tinsle” (”Gycklarnas afton”)

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