Snow blind: DP Alar Kivilo witnesses A Simple Plan gone awry

The opening shot in A Simple Plan is of black crows against a white-on-white winter landscape, an image that sets the tone for the entire film. It's evocative, all right, and creepy in the way it links up visual symbols of greed and desolation. But it's also at a far remove from the customary style of director Sam Raimi, whose specialty in Darkman and in three Evil Dead movies ran more to chopped body parts captured by a speeding camera and cartoonishly camp sensibility. Even The Quick and

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