The Eyes Have It: Otto Heller

If you look up cameraman Otto Heller on imdb.com you will find 235 credits. Like many film crew during the silent era Heller shot many films each year (in 1921 alone he has 10 listed credits). Czech by birth Heller worked around Europe before settling in England in 1940. And it is his work on British film that is still vital 50 years on.

Perhaps the huge experience in silent cinema contributed to his bold approach, for Heller is notable for his striking imagery, unusual angles and use of high contrast in both black and white and colour photography. The viewpoint is fresh but never gimmicky, with each shot only adding to the characters, the story, and the feeling. These are visuals that remind you what cinema can be…

The Ladykillers:

Ladykillers_BD_cap05Peeping Tom:

peeping-tom-112The Ipcress File:

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posted by Rob Munday

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