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The Last Waltz


Good and bad memories of The King
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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There are a couple of nice things in it; I remember doing a... again, the director whose name I can't remember had no interest in shots or angles or coverage, or he didn't know... didn't know and didn't care, so I did all that, but the only thing I remember as being quite wonderful was coverage of a riot, where freedom rioters are coming on a bus and local hoodlums begin to bang on the bus and... and punch them and hit them and I... I covered it with a little 16mm camera and I did it handheld and then I had the camera be hit and fall over on its side and lie on its side and... as if it just was rolling, so the image is on the side – you can see this chaos going on – and that was kind of fun. That was kind of fun and that, and a wonderful... by the way the food... this is apropos of nothing, but you know there's a myth about Southern cooking and how wonderful it is, and it may be but you can't prove it by restaurants; it may be in people's kitchens, but in the restaurants the food is appalling, at least in Macon, Georgia, in 1970-whatever it was – the food was unspeakable except in one little soul food restaurant called H & H Cafeteria, I think, like... F & F... no, H & H Cafeteria, and there it was kind of wonderful, but other than that, boy, Macon is.... You know, Macon... when Sherman marched through Georgia in the civil war he skipped Macon; he said, 'Oh to hell with it', and he didn't burn it because it was so appalling. I mean, that my interpretation of why he didn't burn it: he said it was so appalling, it was more pun... more punishing to leave it standing than to burn it, and he marched around it and didn't burn it; he burned everything else but he didn't burn Macon.

Michael Chapman (1935-2020), an American cinematographer, had a huge influence on contemporary film-making, working on an impressive array of classic films including 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Fugitive'.

Listeners: Glen Ade Brown

British Director of Photography and Camera Operator Glen Ade Brown settled in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

He has been working on features, commercials and reality TV. He played an instrumental role in the award-winning ABC Family series "Switched" and is also a recipient of the Telly and the Cine Golden Eagle awards for Best Cinematography. He was recently signed by the Judy Marks Agency and is now listed in her commercial roster.

Tags: Macon, Georgia

Duration: 1 minute, 36 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008