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      Chris Menges

      Chris Menges

      Highest Rated: 100% Local Hero (1983)

      Lowest Rated: 38% London Boulevard (2010)

      Birthday: Sep 15, 1940

      Birthplace: Kington, Herefordshire, England, UK

      As an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who made the successful segue to directing features, Chris Menges has carved out a successful, but understated career. Menges got his start as an assistant editor and camera operator and even worked as a sound recordist several times, before working his way up to director of photography. Menges had his first real break as a documentary cameraperson and editor in the 1960s and 1970s, traveling wherever there was war and insurrection - Burma, Angola, Vietnam and Tibet - while working with filmmaker Adrian Cowell. Once he made the permanent jump to feature films in the 1980s, Menges developed a style as a cinematographer that never overwhelmed audiences with gaudy colors or outlandish camera moves In fact, Menges understood the oft-accepted theory that color could be less realistic than black and white, because it focused the audience away from emotion to an object. Menges' work was defined by a low-key naturalism, plain composition, and a mix of lenses to tug at the audience at the appropriate moments, which helped him craft memorable images in several award-winning films, including "The Killing Fields" (1984), "Michael Collins" (1996) and "The Reader" (2008).

      Photos

      THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF, (aka DAS GELBE SEGEL), from left: cinematographer Chris Menges, director Udayan Prasad, on set, 2008. ©Samuel Goldwyn Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      54% 60% Waiting for the Barbarians Cinematographer - 2019
      47% 38% Redemption Cinematographer $35.0K 2013
      45% 61% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Cinematographer $31.8M 2011
      73% 53% Route Irish Cinematographer - 2010
      38% 30% London Boulevard Cinematographer $10.5K 2010
      65% 59% The Yellow Handkerchief Cinematographer $317.0K 2008
      63% 79% The Reader Cinematographer $34.2M 2008
      64% 26% Stop-Loss Cinematographer $10.9M 2008
      88% 83% Notes on a Scandal Cinematographer $17.5M 2006
      85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Cinematographer $5.0M 2005
      70% 76% North Country Cinematographer $18.3M 2005
      69% 57% Criminal Cinematographer $923.4K 2004
      No Score Yet 75% Concert for George Cinematographer $131.0K 2003
      77% 62% The Good Thief Cinematographer $3.5M 2002
      94% 82% Dirty Pretty Things Cinematographer $8.1M 2002
      78% 59% The Pledge Cinematographer $19.7M 2001
      No Score Yet 41% The Lost Son Director - 1999
      81% 74% The Boxer Cinematographer $5.8M 1997
      78% 84% Michael Collins Cinematographer $11.1M 1996
      100% 79% Second Best Director $68.5K 1994
      No Score Yet 24% CrissCross Director $2.7M 1992
      91% 81% A World Apart Director $557.2K 1988
      64% 79% Shy People Cinematographer $7.4K 1987
      66% 87% The Mission Cinematographer $17.2M 1986
      No Score Yet 33% Marie: A True Story Cinematographer $1.9M 1985
      100% 87% Local Hero Cinematographer - 1983
      No Score Yet 34% Warlords of the 21st Century Cinematographer - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Leadership Cinematographer - 1981
      No Score Yet 84% Made in Britain Cinematographer - 1980
      No Score Yet 70% One Joke Too Many Cinematographer - 1979
      No Score Yet 75% A Sense of Freedom Cinematographer - 1979
      88% 53% Gumshoe Cinematographer - 1972
      No Score Yet 53% Black Beauty Cinematographer - 1971
      No Score Yet 78% Loving Memory Cinematographer - 1971