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By Peter Tonguette C onrad Buff, ACE, is many things: an Oscar winner for James Cam- eron's "Titanic" (1997), a master of action on the strength of his work on Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) and McG's "Terminator Salvation" (2009), and even an expert in comedy, as seen in Mel Brooks's "Spaceballs" (1987) and Kinka Usher's "Mystery Men" (1999). Buff, it turns out, is also something of a history buff. THE SOUND OF SILENCE HOW CONRAD BUFF MADE HISTORY COME ALIVE IN THE POST-SLAVERY DRAMA 'EMANCIPATION' The acclaimed picture editor tapped his interest in history for his latest film, Antoine Fuqua's true-life Civil War-era drama "Emancipation." The Apple Original Films release, which debuted on Apple TV+ in December, stars Will Smith as Peter, an enslaved Black man who escaped from a Confederate war camp, successfully made his way through the untamed backcountry of Louisiana while eluding those sent to find him — including overseer Jim Fassel (Ben Foster) — and later spent time as a Union soldier in the war. In images that appeared in Harper's Weekly, Peter was photographed from an angle that exposed his back, which had been disfigured due to horrific lashings; the photography session is reproduced in the film. Besides working again with Fuqua — a regular collaborator with whom Buff has worked extensively since first making the acclaimed "Training Day" (2001), including "Tears of the Sun" (2003) and "Shooter" (2007) — "Emancipation" offered Buff a 26 C I N E M O N T A G E F E A T U R E Conrad Buff.

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