Chris Menges

Chris Menges

Highest Rated: 100% Local Hero (1983)

Lowest Rated: 38% London Boulevard (2010)

Birthday: Sep 15, 1940

Birthplace: Kington, Herefordshire, England, UK

As an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who made the successful segue to directing features, Chris Menges has carved out a successful, but understated career. Menges got his start as an assistant editor and camera operator and even worked as a sound recordist several times, before working his way up to director of photography. Menges had his first real break as a documentary cameraperson and editor in the 1960s and 1970s, traveling wherever there was war and insurrection - Burma, Angola, Vietnam and Tibet - while working with filmmaker Adrian Cowell. Once he made the permanent jump to feature films in the 1980s, Menges developed a style as a cinematographer that never overwhelmed audiences with gaudy colors or outlandish camera moves In fact, Menges understood the oft-accepted theory that color could be less realistic than black and white, because it focused the audience away from emotion to an object. Menges' work was defined by a low-key naturalism, plain composition, and a mix of lenses to tug at the audience at the appropriate moments, which helped him craft memorable images in several award-winning films, including "The Killing Fields" (1984), "Michael Collins" (1996) and "The Reader" (2008).

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53% 63% Waiting for the Barbarians Cinematographer - 2019
49% 38% Redemption Cinematographer $35K 2013
46% 61% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Cinematographer $31.8M 2011
76% 52% Route Irish Cinematographer - 2010
38% 30% London Boulevard Cinematographer $10.5K 2010
64% 26% Stop-Loss Cinematographer $10.9M 2008
63% 79% The Reader Cinematographer $34.2M 2008
66% 59% The Yellow Handkerchief Cinematographer $317K 2008
87% 83% Notes on a Scandal Cinematographer $17.5M 2006
85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Cinematographer $5M 2005
69% 76% North Country Cinematographer $18.3M 2005
69% 57% Criminal Cinematographer $923.4K 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Concert for George Cinematographer $131K 2003
94% 82% Dirty Pretty Things Cinematographer $8.1M 2002
77% 62% The Good Thief Director of Photography $3.5M 2002
78% 59% The Pledge Director of Photography $19.7M 2001
No Score Yet 40% The Lost Son Director - 1999
80% 74% The Boxer Cinematographer $5.8M 1997
77% 84% Michael Collins Cinematographer $11.1M 1996
100% 79% Second Best Director $68.5K 1994
No Score Yet 25% CrissCross Director $2.7M 1992
91% 81% A World Apart Director $557.2K 1988
64% 77% Shy People Cinematographer $7.4K 1987
64% 87% The Mission Cinematographer $17.2M 1986
No Score Yet 29% Marie: A True Story Cinematographer $1.9M 1985
100% 87% Local Hero Cinematographer - 1983
No Score Yet 29% Warlords of the 21st Century Cinematographer - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Leadership Cinematographer - 1981
No Score Yet 84% Made in Britain Cinematographer - 1980
No Score Yet 67% One Joke Too Many Cinematographer - 1979
No Score Yet 75% A Sense of Freedom Cinematographer - 1979
100% 56% Gumshoe Cinematographer - 1972
No Score Yet 88% Loving Memory Cinematographer - 1971
No Score Yet 53% Black Beauty Cinematographer - 1971

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