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Richard Leacock

Lowest Rated:   20% Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
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American filmmaker/cinematographer Richard Leacock made a major contribution to the development of the American version of "cinema verite" called "Direct Cinema." As enacted by Leacock and Robert Drew, Direct Cinema attempted to utilize the camera only as a means to objectively record events as they happened without subjecting it to pre-planned direction or much care for the resulting technical quality of the finished product. What was important was to capture the now, just as it happened without the interference of the director and the crew. Typically, Leacock and the others involved in the movie travelled to events with minimal equipment and carried hand-held cameras. The younger brother of feature filmmaker Philip Leacock, Richard began making his first films at age 14 while living in Britain (he was born a British citizen in the Canary Islands). Three years later he moved to the States, earned a physics degree at Harvard and participated in WW II as a combat cameraman for the army. He got his professional start in 1948 working as a cameraman and associate producer for Robert Flaherty on the dramatized documentary classic Louisiana Story (1948). Leacock went on to collaborate with a few more documentary makers, including Louis de Rochemont, before creating his own production company, Drew Associates, in 1958 with Robert Drew and making television documentaries. He and Drew started the Direct Cinema movement with their innovative Living Camera series wherein they would unobtrusively as possible record such events as the 1960 Wisconsin primary between JFK and Hubert Humphrey (Primary) or a man on death row preparing for the electric chair (Chair). Not only did Leacock, Drew and other collaborators such as D. A. Pennebaker and Al Maysles record major events, they also experimented with chronicling more mundane things. Later he founded the film department at MIT, which he also headed. His son Robert has also become a filmmaker.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Po
  • Charles Clark
2016
100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Ricky on Leacock
  • Richard Leacock
2012
No Score Yet Les oeufs à la coque
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Saving God
  • Mr. Ken Salter
2008
No Score Yet Dansen (Dancers)
  • Annika
2008
No Score Yet The Russell Girl
  • Dr. Gordon
2008
No Score Yet Earthstorm
  • Ollie
2006
No Score Yet Fronterz
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Volcano: Fire on the Mountain
  • Soldier #1
1997
No Score Yet Son of Gascogne
  • Actor
1995
20% Slam Dunk Ernest
  • Walter
1995
No Score Yet Annie O
  • College Guy No. 3
1995
No Score Yet Lulu in Berlin
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet One P.M.
  • Producer
1969
No Score Yet A Stravinsky Portrait
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet Lambert, Hendricks & Co.
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Happy Mother's Day
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Jane
  • Director
1962

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