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Working with Phil Kaufman and Invasion of the Body Snatchers


The curse of Scorsese
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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Boris Levin: the production designer who stole the sets from [La] Traviata, which we also couldn't remember, and put them behind The Band in The Last Waltz, and then died. And, Marty [Martin Scorsese] almost... it wasn't a matter of pride, but it was certainly was a weird thing that somebody died on every movie. Boris Levin died on The Last Waltz. What's his name, who composed all the music for Hitchcock... died just as he finished; supposedly almost, like, wrote the last note of the score of Taxi Driver and keeled over and died. And I forget who died... Somebody died from... from Raging Bull, and I forget who or what, but... but there was a kind of fatality to all of them, curiously enough.

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: The Band, La Traviata, The Last Waltz, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Boris Levin

Duration: 41 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008