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Ronnie Taylor, Oscar-Winning  Cinematographer on ‘Gandhi,’ Dies  at 93

Ronnie Taylor, the British cinematographer who twice stepped in to save Richard Attenborough’s towering 1982 production of Gandhi, then shared an Academy Award for his efforts, has died. Taylor also lensed Attenborough’s A Chorus Line (1985) and the apartheid drama Cry Freedom (1987) and collaborated on three films with director Ken Russell, including the rock opera Tommy (1975), on which he came aboard after the original cinematographer, Dick Bush, left over a disagreement. His first jobs were as a clapper on Carol Reed’s biopic The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) and then as focus puller, and after a stint with the Merchant Navy, he joined Pinewood Studios on Boys in Brown (1949), starring Attenborough.

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