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“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977). (Lucasfilm)
“Star Wars” cinematographer Gilbert Taylor died Friday at the age of 99, leaving behind a rich cinematic legacy.
His wife told the BBC that Taylor died at his home on the Isle of Wight.
Over the course of an
impressive, decades-long career, Taylor amassed a lengthy résumé that
included a number of landmark films, including Roman Polanski’s
“Repulsion,” Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy.”
He also served as the
cinematographer on the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night,” Richard
Donner’s horror film “The Omen” and 1979′s “Dracula” starring Frank
Langella and Laurence Olivier, in addition to working with George Lucas
on the original “Star Wars” film.
Lucas and Taylor didn’t always see eye to eye on the set of the production.
“George avoided all
meetings and contact with me from day one, so I read the extra-long
script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the
picture,” Taylor said in a 2006 interview with ASC magazine.