Shooting movies is a family affair for Jeff Cronenweth, an Oscar-nominated cinematographer whose late father, Jordan, was also a director of photography, best known for Blade Runner and Peggy Sue Got Married. Jeff started his career with music videos in the 1990s and in the second unit and camera department for David Fincher’s films Se7en and The Game. His first feature as director of photography was Fight Club, and he worked with Fincher on three more films, two of which earned him Oscar nominations: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network.
The latter film was also his first experience working with Aaron Sorkin, who was on set as the writer of that film. Sorkin and Chenoweth collaborated on Being the Ricardos, which showcases one intense week in the lives of married acting couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. I had the chance to speak to Chenoweth about his relationship to the original I Love Lucy, technology today, watching films at home, and working with auteurs like Sorkin and Fincher.
You can watch the video below, along with an official summary and where to watch.
Interview with Director Jeff Cronenweth on Being the Ricardos
Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in Academy Award®-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos. A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.”
Being the Ricardos is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.