TAHITI-BORN FILM MAKER CONRAD HALL DIES IN L.A.

LOS ANGELES, California (Tahitipresse, Jan. 5) – Oscar-winning Cinematographer Conrad Hall, son of the co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty, died January 4 in Los Angeles, California.

Conrad Hall, whose father was American writer James Norman Hall, was born in Tahiti in 1926. He studied journalism at the University of Southern California then turned to cinema.

He started working on several independent movies in Hollywood, still preferring black and white when major studios had already switched to color pictures.

Hall encountered success in the 1960’s with movies such as Cool Hand Luke (1967). He won his first Oscar statuette in 1969 for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

He won again an Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty.

Conrad Hall often spent vacations at the family estate in Papeari, on Tahiti’s west coast. He was at the opening of the James Norman Hall museum in Arue (East coast of Tahiti) in January 2002.

January 7, 2003

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