Celebrating Robby Müller NSC, Who Created Look of Indie Film Classics

Article published in the New York Times

By NINA SIEGALJUNE

Anyone familiar with the movies of Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch or Lars von Trier knows Robby Müller’s work, even if they can’t immediately say why. As director of photography, Mr. Müller, a Dutch cinematographer, created an enduring visual palette for such independent classics as Mr. Wenders’s “Paris, Texas,” Mr. Jarmusch’s “Down By Law” and Mr. von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves.”

Now, after decades of behind-the-scenes influence, Mr. Müller is the subject of a retrospective, “Master of Light — Robby Müller,” that opened Saturday and runs until Sept. 4 at the Eye film museum here. Directors and fellow cinematographers revere him for what they describe as an intuitive sense of rhythm and framing, the lyricism of his camera movements — he always operated his own camera — and his ability to use available light to extraordinary effect.

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