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East meets West meets East again
East meets West meets East again

BY the 1920s, one of Hollywood's greatest cinematographers, James Wong Howe, was already a chief cameraman for the Lasky Studios. Shooting in those days with orthochromatic film, "blue went white," according to Howe. But he found a way to light scenes so the blue eyes of Hollywood's leading ladies showed up dark on screen. How did he do this? By making a box lined with black velvet and shooting close-ups with his lens. The star would look at the velvet: "The eye is like a mirror," Howe discovered, and thus, light eyes reflected darker on film. Howe was an immigrant who, with others — including film stars Sesshu Hayakawa and Anna May Wong, and later...

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