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Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies: Harris Savides

Harris Savides Sofia Coppola SomewhereHarris Savides, cinematographer for Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, dead at age 55

Harris Savides, a cinematographer who collaborated with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, died earlier today. Savides, who was 55, had reportedly been battling cancer. (Photo: Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola on the Somewhere set.)

Born in New York City (Sept. 28, 1957) to parents of Greek Cypriot origin, Savides collaborated with Gus Van Sant on Finding Forrester, Gerry, the Cannes Film Festival winner Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. He also shot David Fincher’s The Game and the widely acclaimed Zodiac, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, and Sofia Coppola’s controversial Venice Film Festival winner Somewhere.

Another Coppola movie, the upcoming The Bing Ring, was Savides’ last project. The crime drama stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Leslie Mann.

Other Savides movie credits include John Turturro’s Illuminata, James Gray’s The Yards, Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding, and Martin Scorsese’s short The Keys to Reserva. Additionally, Savides shot music videos for Madonna, R.E.M., and others.

Harris Savides awards and nominations

Harris Savides was nominated for five Spirit Awards (Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Greenberg) and one BAFTA (American Gangster). In 2003, he won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Cinematography award for both Elephant and Gerry.

Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola Somewhere photo: Focus Features.

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