Ralph Toporoff

Director, Producer, Cameraman
Former Paris-based photojournalist who worked as camera operator or cameraman on such features as "The Swimmer" (1968), Arthur Penn's "Alice's Restaurant" (1969) and John Cassavetes' "Husbands" (1970). After directing ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1941 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (2)

The Untold West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

American Blue Note 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

American Blue Note 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

American Blue Note 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Former Paris-based photojournalist who worked as camera operator or cameraman on such features as "The Swimmer" (1968), Arthur Penn's "Alice's Restaurant" (1969) and John Cassavetes' "Husbands" (1970). After directing several TV dramas, Toporoff made his first feature, "American Blue Note" (1991), an autobiographical comedy about the right to fail, focusing on the relationships between members of a jazz quintet in the early 1960s.

Milestones

1989

Directed first feature, "American Blue Note"

Directed TV dramas including Chekhov's "Swan Song", "T.V", and "Arty"

Worked as Paris-based photo-journalist for such international magazines as LOOK, PARIS MATCH, GENTE and DER SPIEGEL

Spent a summer with playwright John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck") teaching film to playwrights at Vassar College

Returned to USA and worked as camera operator and assistant cameraman on such films as "The Swimmer," "Alice's Restaurant," and "Husbands"

Took up jazz clarinet and saxophone at age 16; performed as a union musician in a 13-piece swing band

Formed own country-club band, The Continentals

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