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Water and Sugar misses the mark. Instead of close readings, or even just a clean, simple biographical sketch, the movie proceeds rather like a celebrity version of Guess Who?
Put together with affection and intelligence, this documentary portrait of Italian cameraman Carlo Di Palma gives us a handle on what made him a great cinematographer.
There's no excuse making a poor film on the life and work of one of cinema's greatest cinematographers.
Despite its shortcomings, Water and Sugar is an affectionate and worthwhile introduction to [Carlo Di Palma's] life and work.
It's a film of civilised chats with various cinematic notables, including Allen, all sedately conducted by Di Palma's widow, Adriana Chiesa.
Well intentioned and reverential but it feels like a tombstone for the oeuvre of a man whose photography was vividly, mercurially alive.
This documentary will inspire you to invest in an decent camera.
Di Palma emerges as a master of light and colour, someone who started out in the Italian neorealist cinema after the war, brilliant at working with whatever light was available on location.
This isn't exactly a critical portrait of its subject but it's an affectionate and informative one which highlights Di Palma's key creative role in the work of Antonioni and Woody Allen in particular.
What emerges is a portrait of a natural born shooter and an absolute savant for colour photography who warrants consideration as an auteur in his own right.
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