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Barry Sonnenfeld

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Born: April 1, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cinematography ...


Sonnenfeld was the cinematographer on a commercial for Nike entitled "Dog" which won a 1989 Clio award.

"With the Coens, I used to throw up a lot. I threw up, like, 18 times on 'Blood Simple' from being nervous. Well, the first time was because I was filming Danny Hedaya vomiting after getting kicked in the groin by Fran McDormand. And I'm a sympathetic vomiter. If I see, smell or hear vomiting, I will vomit. So when Danny was vomiting, I was vomiting while operating the camera. On the second take, Joel suggested that the soundman point the microphone at me, because my vomiting sounded better than Hedaya's." --Barry Sonnenfeld, quoted in Time Out New York, June 26-July 3, 1997

About his relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) president of worldwide marketing Robert Levin: "Bob rings up and says, 'It has all worked out well. I just wanted to let you know that I feel very close to you because my middle name is Barry.' And I said: 'You know, Bob, that's so weird because my penis' name is Bob.' There was this long silence on the end of the phone line. Silence. Silence. Silence. Then Bob said, 'You know what Barry, I have just decided that your penis' name is Bob and not that you're telling me to go f**k myself.' We've got on fine ever since." --Sonnenfeld, quoted in Screen International, August 1, 1997

On his brush with death as passenger of a jet that crashed: "We were coming in for a landing, and we came down so late in the runway. It's almost a life-changing thing. You have enough time to scream. They were desperately looking for things to hit so they would slow down. That's when I got really scared. . . .

"I thought it was strangely calm until I saw the fuel pouring out of the plane and onto the engine. . . .

"No one was hurt, but I hope that someday the NTSB gives me back my suit jacket and my various pieces of luggage. . . .

"The weird thing is that I hate to fly, and the quote that I give people is that every time I get off a plane, I view it as a failed suicide attempt. The sad news for Warner and Disney is that I'm not going to take any of these rented jets." --Sonnenfeld to Dan Cox of Daily Variety, February 17, 1999

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