Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mae West: Charles Lang

No one could say he "done her wrong" — — including MAE WEST.
• • Born in Bluff, Utah in the month of March — — on 27 March 1902 — — Charles Bryant Lang, Jr., A.S.C. was an American cinematographer. Early in his career Lang worked with the Akeley camera, a gyroscope-mounted "pancake" camera designed by Carl Akeley for outdoor action shots. During the silent era, he worked under his father, the photographic technician Charles Bryant Lang, Sr., at the small Realart Studio. Then he was hired by Paramount Pictures for "Tom Sawyer" [1930] when he was 28. Lang remained with them for over two decades [1929 — 1952], where he contributed to the studio's well-earned reputation for visual style, though he would occasionally attach himself to other motion picture productions. Lang excelled in the use of chiaroscuro, light and shade, and was adept at creating the right mood for every genre and style, and he was also an innovator in the use of long tracking shots.
• • Lang worked behind the camera on "She Done Him Wrong," starring Mae West.
• • Female stars appreciated Lang's expertise. Like his colleague Karl Struss, Charles Lang took the time to photograph an actress to her best advantage, using subdued lighting and diffusion techniques.
• • One of the outstanding cinematographers of Hollywood's Golden Age, Lang received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 1991 for a career that involved him in more than 100 feature films.
• • Charles Lang died of pneumonia at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, California on 3 April 1998. He was 96.
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• • You can almost hear Mae West saying, “Come up and see me sometime,” when visiting the Paramount Country Club in New City. ...
• • Source: Article: "New name, facelift for former Adolph Zukor farm" written by Kathy Kahn for Westfair Online; posted on 25 March 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1881st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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