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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Cardiff ... Himself
Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Interviewee
Kirk Douglas ... Himself - Interviewee
Lauren Bacall ... Herself - Interviewee
Charlton Heston ... Himself - Interviewee
Kim Hunter ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)
John Mills ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Alan Parker ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Thelma Schoonmaker ... Herself - Interviewee
Freddie Francis Freddie Francis ... Himself - Interviewee
Raffaella De Laurentiis ... Herself - Interviewee
Richard Fleischer ... Himself - Interviewee
Peter Yates ... Himself - Interviewee
Kathleen Byron ... Herself - Interviewee
Christopher Challis Christopher Challis ... Himself - 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az operatőr - Jack Cardiff élete és művei See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color (High Definition)

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1.78 : 1
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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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Excellent Profile of one of Cinema's Unsung Heroes
26 November 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

The cinematographer Jack Cardiff might not be that well known. but he worked as director pf photography on some seminal productions, notably for Powell and Pressburger in the late 1940s. The visual style of THE RED SHOES (1948) and BLACK NARCISSUS (1947) is chiefly down to Cardiff's brilliant photography, allied to Powell's imagination. Cardiff began his career in the 1930s working on quota quickies in the British film industry, and was still working in 2007-8, when much of this documentary was filmed. In between he worked on other seminal productions, notably THE African QUEEN (1951), THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954), and THE VIKINGS (1957). Cardiff comes across as a modest person with a highly developed visual intelligence. The documentary also contains reminiscences from stars who are no longer with us, such as Sir John Mills, and Kathleen Byron, as well as such luminaries as Scorsese. Definitely worth a look for anyone interested in photography in the pre-digital era.


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