US Allen Daviau – cinematographer who is a close partner of Steven Spielberg – died at the age of 77 due to nCoV infection.
According to Hollywood Reporter, he died on April 15 in the MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital) – a place for retired artists in Los Angeles. The cinematographer found positive for the virus a week ago and was treated in a hospital. When critical, Daviau asked to be taken back to MPTF – where he lived the last eight years of his life. He had surgery in 2012, since then he has to use a wheelchair.
Allen Daviau was born on June 14, 1942 in New Orleans, a promising cinematographer in the 1960s. Director Steven Spielberg, interested in his vision, began collaborating on a number of short films. Later, Daviau filmed the E.T. movies. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987) and Spielberg, alongside a number of television episodes.
In it, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (about the boy who makes aliens) has a special meaning, marking the duo’s first major collaboration, also a film that has brought much success to Spielberg. According to The Asc, when he learned that the director was looking to film on this project, Daviau sent him the film The Boy Who Drank Too Much – lots of emotions and talks about children – that he filmed. Spielberg was impressed and immediately invited Daviau into the project.
Daviau and Spielberg’s friendship lasted for decades. When the cinematographer finds out he is ill, the director sends you a letter. Daviau had asked the medical staff to read it to him for the last few days of his life. Spielberg talked about the late cradling: “In 1968, Allen and I started together with the short film Amblin. He was a great artist, with warmth and kindness as strong as his lens. He is a unique talent and a beautiful person”.
Allen Daviau received five-film Oscar nominations, with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Avalon and Bugsy. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Art Director’s Association and the American Film Association. His last film was Van Helsing (2004), starring Hugh Jackman.