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FRAMES is a new series of occasional posts that will address filmmaking and cinematography by presenting frames from a movie and discussing them with the cinematographer and other filmmakers .I start with Uncut Gems, by the Safdie brothers with cinematography by Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC. 

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is one of the most distinctive and powerful films of the past year.

Uncut Gems is a movie that is in your face. Its hero, jeweler Howard Ratner, shows himself to be a shameless hustler, a bald-faced liar, an unfaithful husband, a negligent father, a jeolous lover and compulsive gambler willing to risk everything on a dangerous bet. It’s a tribute to actor Adam Sandler that he manages to make this abrasive character likable by revealing his vulnerability and unflappable belief in the big payoff that awaits him. 

When I saw the film in projection at Camerimage, I was struck by the power of the images and how they reinforced the film’s message and tone. Darius Khondji’s cinematography is as outlandish as the character ,

It is currently available on Netflix, giving many of us the ability to look at the masterful cinematography in detail.

I met with Darius in Paris, and also spoke with him and his colorist, Damien Van Der Cruysse via Skype, to discuss the film and its cinematography. 

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