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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

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Craig McCall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Cardiff ... Self
Martin Scorsese ... Self - Interviewee
Kirk Douglas ... Self - Interviewee
Lauren Bacall ... Self - Interviewee
Charlton Heston ... Self - Interviewee
Kim Hunter ... Self - Interviewee (archive footage)
John Mills ... Self - Interviewee (archive footage)
Alan Parker ... Self - Interviewee (archive footage)
Thelma Schoonmaker ... Self - Interviewee
Freddie Francis Freddie Francis ... Self - Interviewee
Raffaella De Laurentiis ... Self - Interviewee
Richard Fleischer ... Self - Interviewee
Peter Yates ... Self - Interviewee
Kathleen Byron ... Self - Interviewee
Christopher Challis Christopher Challis ... Self - Interviewee
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In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus. Beyond John Huston's The African Queen and King Vidor's War and Peace, the films of the British-Hungarian creative duo (The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death too) guaranteed immortality for the renowned cameraman whose career spanned seventy years. Written by Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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[First Lines]
[Introducing Jack Cardiff prior to presenting him with his honorary Oscar in 2001]
Dustin Hoffman: For those of us who are 70 years old or younger, Jack Cardiff was shooting film before we were born.
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The first 22 names in the cast (through Michael Powell) are listed in the end credits in the order shown. The remaining credited cast members are identified by the narrator or Jack Cardiff. See more »

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Cardiff casts a shadow
6 November 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Jack Cardiff was a master cinematographer who became inspired through the Powell & Pressburger partnership with films such as Life and death of Colonel Blimp, A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus which bagged him an Oscar for best colour cinematography.

Cardiff in interviews filmed over several years comes off as modest, engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

We see the influence of paintings from the masters in his work as well as problem solving with the challenges he faced in the still early days of cinema, now it is the special effects people who take care of it all.

As well as numerous clips of films he had worked on, collaborators we have super fans such as Martin Scorsese who has previously expressed his admiration of the films of Powell & Pressburger.

It would had been nice to have heard from Francis Coppola another fan and some more British directors.

Cardiff later moved into directing and was Oscar nominated for Best Director for Sons and Lovers but when the directing work dried up he moved back into cinematography, even lighting Rambo: First Blood Part 2 a film I have in the past complained about not being able to see anything as all the action took place in the dark.


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Release Date:

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Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,998, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$20,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,840
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