The Billy Wilder Theatre in Beverly Hills hosts an occasional series called "The Movie that Inspired Me." On Deakins' night, he chose Jean-Pierre Melville's superb film "Army of Shadows" (L'Armee des Ombres,1969).
In a witty, enlightening Q&A, Deakins talked about the impact that seeing Army of Shadows had on him early on and how impressed he was with the camera work in the black and white film and the issues in the film.
When asked about the films he shoots, he said that he chooses films to work on based on their script, then the director, and last the actors. He looks for issues and ethical questions that drive the film's plot. He was gratified to work with the Coen Bros. on six films "primarily because they are interested in similar issues."