Haskell Wexler Movies and Career Information

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Aquarius
Feb 06, 1922
Chicago
Actor, Director, Producer and Writer

Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. (born February 6, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cinematographer, and a film producer and director. Wexler was judged to be one of film history's ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild. Wexler was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Simon and Lottie Wexler, whose children included Jerrold, Joyce (Isaacs), and Yale. After a year of college at the University of California, Berkeley and a tour in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II, Wexler decided to become a filmmaker. Based in Chicago, Wexler made many documentaries, including The Living City, which won an Academy Award. He briefly made industrial films in Chicago, then in 1947 became an assistant cameraman. Wexler worked on documentary features and shorts; low-budget docu-dramas such as 1959's The Savage Eye; television's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; and TV commercials. (He would later found Wexler-Hall, a television commercial production company, with Conrad Hall.) In 1963, Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan's America, America. The

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