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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 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


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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20 January 2012 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Made shortly before his death Cameraman: the life and work of Jack Cardiff is an excellent bio on Cardiff and due to his long career the history of color film as well. Working into his nineties the highly lucid and spry octogenarian covers a lot of ground with emphasis on his collaboration with the the team of Powell and Pressburger at Archer studios which produced two of the finest color works in film history Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes. There of course were decades of others that also shined from Archer and beyond with The African Queen, Pandora and the Flyiong Dutchman, War and Peace and The Vikings and Cameraman shows healthy snippets from each.

Amiable and self effacing Cardiff himself makes for a wonderful guide mixing anecdotes and methods free of ego and judgment. This doc is a must for film historians as well as anyone that has ever been under the spell of celluloid magic.

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GBP500,000 (estimated)

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$1,998, 15 May 2011

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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1.78 : 1
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