'Star Wars' Cinematographer Dies -- It Was a Well-Known Movie From 1964 That Was His Favorite of the Many Features He Filmed BBC News
The cinematographer who filmed "Star Wars" -- along with a number of beloved movies -- has died. BBC News reports that Gilbert Taylor died today at his home on the Isle of Wight. He was 99.
Taylor's many film credits included the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," "The Omen" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy." But the movie he said he would most like to be remembered for is Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove."
"He also worked with Roman Polanski on such films as 'Repulsion' and 'Cul-de-Sac,' for which he received back-to-back BAFTA nominations in consecutive years [1966 and 1967]," the report notes.
The story adds: "To many, though, he will be best remembered for his contribution to the first 'Star Wars' film, on which he worked under the auspices of director George Lucas.
"'George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one,' Taylor would later tell American Cinematographer magazine.
"'So I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture.'"
Taylor also filmed the 1980 movie "Flash Gordon," among many others.