Robby Muller

Famed Repo Man cinematographer Robby Müller dies at 78

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Jul 4, 2018

The art film master and famed Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has died at home in Amsterdam after a long battle with Binswanger’s disease. He was 78.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers, the Repo Man cinematographer and frequent Jim Jarmusch collaborator made his mark on film with his love of natural light and his patience for perfection.

This created a true-to-life realism that became expressive simply because of the light present in the real world.

This made his work perfect for the wild imaginations of people, like Wim Wenders and Lars Von Trier, who often find their films in life’s most regular banalities - though often with plenty of twisted distortion, like Alex Cox’s odd tale of repossession, aliens, and metal-handed government agents.

"He taught me later a lot about color,” Jarmusch said in a profile of the cinematographer, “and how it relates to your emotions, or how the sky at magic hour changes every 10 seconds and becomes a different shade.

Muller won the international achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2013 while his film Paris, Texas won the Palme d’Or.