Conrad L. Hall

Conrad L. Hall

Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)

Lowest Rated: 22% Two for the Money (2005)

Birthday: Jun 21, 1926

Birthplace: Papeete, Tahiti

Widely feted for his willingness to take artistic chances, Conrad L. Hall ranked high on the list of great American cinematographers working in the 1960s and 1970s. His list of credits was daunting, encompassing such exceptional movies as "The Professionals" (1966), "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "In Cold Blood" (1967), and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) for which he won his first Academy Award. Challenging the cinematic norms of the time, he sometimes utilized overly hot contrasts that obscured detail and instances where light caused the camera lens to flare. Such things were previously deemed mistakes, while Hall's usage of such aberrations aided the atmosphere of the piece. He was also instrumental in increasing the believability of night sequences by obtaining excellent results in very low light, rather than the rarely convincing "day for night" technique. After additional duties on such pictures as "The Day of the Locust" (1975) and "Marathon Man" (1976), he took a decade-long break in order to produce commercials with fellow camera expert Haskell Wexler. The later years of his career featured some of Hall's most exemplary craftsmanship and he was rewarded with additional Oscars for "American Beauty" (1999) and "Road to Perdition" (2002), which proved to be his final effort. An innovative cinematographer whose talents bridged the more formal style of older Hollywood and the wave of experimentation that blossomed during the late 1960s, Hall made some of the most exceptional use of shadow and contrast ever captured on film.

Highest rated movies

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography




22% 48% Two for the Money Cinematographer $22.9M 2005
88% 66% Tell Them Who You Are Self $38.6K 2004
81% 86% Road to Perdition Director of Photography $104.1M 2002
87% 93% American Beauty Cinematographer $130.1M 1999
79% 91% Without Limits Cinematographer $777.4K 1998
62% 55% A Civil Action Cinematographer $56.7M 1998
29% 68% Love Affair Cinematographer - 1994
100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Cinematographer $7.9M 1993
95% 85% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography Unknown (Character) - 1993
76% 51% Class Action Cinematographer $23.9M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happened One Christmas Cinematographer - 1977
81% 81% Marathon Man Cinematographer - 1976
65% 75% The Day of the Locust Cinematographer - 1975
100% 85% Fat City Cinematographer - 1972
33% 35% The Happy Ending Cinematographer - 1969
89% 92% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Cinematographer - 1969
83% 88% In Cold Blood Cinematographer - 1967
100% 95% Cool Hand Luke Cinematographer - 1967
100% 74% Harper Cinematographer - 1966
88% 81% The Professionals Cinematographer - 1966
71% 51% Incubus Cinematographer - 1966
75% 71% Morituri Cinematographer - 1965