Everyone knows that Vittorio Storaro‘s default, go-to aspect ratio is 2:1 — not 2.2:1 (70mm) or standard Scope (2.35:1) but 2:1. On 2.25.08 it was confirmed by Criterion’s Peter Becker that the intended aspect ratio of Bernardo Bertolucci‘s The Last Emperor, which Storaro shot, was 2:1.

On 10.17.21 a Team Deakins podcast it was confirmed by The Northman director Robert Eggers and dp Jarin Blasche that their upcoming has been shot in Storaro’s a.r.

I riffed on the “Viking Hamlet” aspect last January (“More or Less Hamlet“).

Focus Features will release The Northman on 4.8.22.

Team Deakins sits down with director and cinematographer Robert Eggers and Jarin Blaschke (The Northman, The Lighthouse, The Witch). Robert and Jarin discuss their shared love of golden-age fairy tale illustrations, the funny story behind the start of their collaboration, and the meticulous planning that went into making The Lighthouse.

“We learn how Robert transitioned from working in the art department on New York independent films to directing The Witch. Robert and Jarin talk about what it was like to work with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, how they chose aspect ratio for The Lighthouse, how shooting for historical accuracy removes choices, and how films are about editing down not about creation.”