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L.A. exhibit pays tribute to renowned Mexican cinematographer

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Los Angeles, Sep 19 (EFE).- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art gave a press preview of an upcoming exhibition of the work of late Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

Co-presented by Mexico's Televisa Foundation, LACMA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and scheduled to open Sunday, "Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa-Art and Film" features nearly 300 objects related to the renowned film artist, including clips, paintings, sketches, posters, documents and photographs organized thematically in several rooms.

"His filmography is like the biography of Mexican cinema," the exhibit's organizer, Alfonso Morales, said.

"He always maintained ties to Hollywood," the late artist's son, Gabriel Figueroa Flores, told Efe, recalling that his father got his start under the tutleage of Gregg Toland, whom he met in 1935 during a stay in Los Angeles.

Toland was noted for his innovative use of deep focus in films such as Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, "Citizen Kane."

After Toland's death in 1948, American film producer Samuel Goldwyn tried to convince Figueroa to take his mentor's place in Hollywood. But the Mexican preferred to remain in his homeland.

Despite the distance, American filmmakers John Ford, John Huston, Norman Foster, Daniel Mann and Elia Kazan enlisted Figueroa's services when shooting in foreign locations.

Figueroa, who died in 1997 at the age of 90, contributed to more than 200 films - some directed by Luis Buñuel - and received an Oscar nomination for his work on Huston's 1964 movie "The Night of the Iguana."

The exhibit will be open to the public from Sept. 22 to Feb. 2.

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