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Unit photography by Kimberley French, SMPSP, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Additional images by Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC and Robert Campbell.

In the feature
The Revenant,
after Hugh Glass
(Leonardo
DiCaprio,
opposite) is
mauled by a
grizzly bear, he
seeks revenge
against John
Fitzgerald (Tom
Hardy, this page,
top, far left), who
had left him for
dead. Middle:
Cinematographer
Emmanuel
Lubezki, ASC,
AMC lines up a
shot for a wintry
scene. Bottom:
Director
Alejandro
González Iñárritu
discusses a scene
with DiCaprio.

scenes were shot in Ushuaia, Tierra del
Fuego, Argentina. Iñárritu calls the
project "a once-in-a-lifetime experience," and Lubezki describes it as "the
roughest and hardest thing I have ever
done in my life."
"It got so intense and so challenging, but we all knew when we signed up
that it would be this way," Iñárritu says.
"We discovered that when you are
exposed to the weather and these conditions every day, you have to adapt. I had
to shoot the movie chronologically,
because that is how it is written - it
starts in autumn and moves into winter.
And the character goes through a very
real physical experience of being in the
middle of nowhere for months. So we
couldn't do it on a set, under normal
Hollywood rules, and bring in snow and
put in bluescreens. I wanted to
absolutely kill any artifice. In keeping
with that truth, we had to go through a
true natural process, and challenge
ourselves."
At the center of it all, Iñárritu
attests, was "the Chivo element," referring to Lubezki by his nickname. "I
could not have done this movie without
him," the director says. "His knowledge
of natural light, the complexity of it -
there could never be a better creative
partner." Indeed, Iñárritu insists that
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