Richard Crudo

Biography
Richard Crudo

As a Director of Photography, Richard Crudo most recently lensed two of 1999's biggest summer hits, Universal's American Pie and Miramax's Outside Providence. Among his many other credits are the screen version of David Mamet's seminal piece American Buffalo (MGM, starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz) and Music From Another Room (also from MGM, starring Jude Law, Gretchen Mol and Jennifer Tilly). Additionally, Mr. Crudo has photographed a number of highly acclaimed independent features, including Federal Hill (in black and white, starring Nick Turturro) and The Low Life (starring Kyra Sedgwick).

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Crudo earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's University and a master's degree from Columbia University. He began his film career as an Assistant Cameraman in 1978. During the 1980s, he served on the camera crew for a variety of major features, including Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Ishtar, The Money Pit, Raising Arizona, The Silence of the Lambs, Ghostbusters 2, Dead Poet's Society, Field of Dreams and Presumed Innocent. He became a Director of Photography in 1990.

Since then, Mr. Crudo's work has consistently drawn positive notice within the critical community. Of his work in Federal Hill, The New York Post's Thelma Adams wrote, "cinematographer Richard Crudo's images have the clarity of ebony and pearl…" while Gene Siskel raved "…the photography here is something marvelous and indeed is one of the film's high points."

Kenneth Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote about the indie favorite The Low Life: "Cinematographer Richard Crudo captures beautifully the scarred derelict interiors and exteriors that characterize great swathes of our City of Angeles." In reviewing American Buffalo, The Toronto Arts Newspaper stated: "…the cinematography makes the film look like an Edward Hopper painting." Even the teen comedy American Pie was noticed by the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morganstern as being "handsomely photographed."

Richard Crudo is currently preparing to shoot the Paramount feature I Was Made to Love Her, a remake of the classic 1978 film Heaven Can Wait. The new version will star Chris Rock and will be co-directed by Chris and Paul Weitz.

(Published November 7, 1999)

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