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Interview: Jeff Cronenweth Chats About the Look of ‘I Love Lucy’ and Shooting ‘Being the Ricardos’

Over the years, Jeff Cronenweth has done some amazing work as a cinematographer. That he only has two Academy Award nominations is a shame, even though it does seem that more are still in his future. Working repeatedly with David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, and The Social Network) doesn’t hurt, that’s for sure. Now, having shot Being the Ricardos for filmmaker Aaron Sorkin (who obviously wrote The Social Network), he’s again in the conversation. I spoke to Cronenweth about a year or so ago, so this was a pleasure, getting to speak with him again. He’s a really entertaining and knowledgable guy. So, as more of you see this film, I’m thrilled to bring this conversation to you all.

Below, you can hear my chat with Cronenweth. As many of you know, I’ve previously spoken to Sorkin (twice, here and here), as well as Nina Arianda (here), but this is a new angle with which to approach Being the Ricardos. You’ll hear the DP discuss the look of I Love Lucy, how they approached this film, and some of the less scholarly responses to the movie. I always enjoy talking to him, and this is no exception. I loved the flick, which barely missed my year end top ten list, so definitely check it out. Whether you see it in theaters or on Prime Video, it’s well worth your time…

This is some of what I had to say about Being the Ricardos and Cronenweth:

Aaron Sorkin continues to impress as a filmmaker. We’ve been well aware that he’s the best screenwriter in the business, but this sophomore outing behind the camera showcases that he’s a rock solid director as well. The film looks great, due in no small part to the cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth

Jeff Cronenweth

Here now is my interview with Being the Ricardos cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth. Enjoy:

Being the Ricardos is in theaters and on Prime Video now!


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