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Robert Elswit's two sides of L.A. in 'Inherent Vice,' 'Nightcrawler'

Robert Elswit's two sides of L.A. in 'Inherent Vice,' 'Nightcrawler'

L.A. native Robert Elswit captures profoundly contrasting visions of the city as cinematographer for two films this season. "Inherent Vice," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, brings back the funky, freewheeling 1970s South Bay beach towns with their sunny, psychedelic, anything-goes vibe. "Nightcrawler," written and directed by Dan Gilroy, presents a city alive at night, with its freeways and feral fringe-dwellers, and a lonely, media-driven, vapor-lighted vastness that lacks a center — moral or otherwise.

Elswit's collaborations with Anderson include "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "There Will Be Blood" (which brought him an Oscar);...

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