RIP: Michael Chapman (1935-2020)

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    May 13, 2002
    The Dark Side
    Michael Chapman, ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull’ Cinematographer, Dies at 84

    Cinematographer and director Michael Chapman, known for his distinctive camera work on Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Waltz,” died Sunday of congestive heart failure. He was 84.

    His spouse, screenwriter and film director Amy Holden Jones’ Facebook page confirmed the news of his death, writing: “Michael Chapman ASC, love of my entire adult life, has passed. Until we meet again.”

    He was nominated for two Oscars for best cinematography, for “Raging Bull” — with its gritty black and white photography — and “The Fugitive.” After shooting “Taxi Driver,” he was called “the poet of the sidewalks,” but was known to his crew as “Chappy.”

    Chapman was mentored by Gordon Willis, for whom he served as camera operator on Hal Ashby’s “The Landlord” as well as on “The Godfather,” “Up the Sandbox” and “Klute.” Ashby then hired him as cinematographer on “The Last Detail,” starring Jack Nicholson, before he was hired by Scorsese for “Taxi Driver” in 1975.

    After moving to Los Angeles, his work included the 1978 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Space Jam,” Kindergarten Cop,” “The Lost Boys” and “Ghostbusters II.”

    He also ventured into directing in the 1980s with “Clan of the Cave Bear” and “All the Right Moves,” starring a young Tom Cruise.

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