Curtis Hanson was a filmmaker of rare versatility. He was equally at home in the frames of a thriller, a romance, an action film or a comedy. Whatever he made, he brought a sense of simplistic beauty, never reliant on special effects or sleights of camera, but rather on the natural wonder found everywhere right before our eyes, be it the quiet calm of a nighttime snow storm, the weightless bliss of being underwater, or the grace and power of a well-thrown punch.
In honor of his passing, we wanted to remember the cinematic legacy of Mr. Hanson by selecting as a staff our five favorite shots from his films, then giving them to our Chief Video Essayist, Jacob T. Swinney, to memorialize as only he can. We hope you enjoy it.
Godspeed Mr. Hanson, and thanks for the films.
Top 5 Shots in the Films of Curtis Hanson from One Perfect Shot on Vimeo.