Jack Cardiff (1914–2009)


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Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical life in pantomime and vaudeville. His father once ... See full bio »

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Known For

Sons and Lovers Director
(1960)
Black Narcissus Cinematographer
(1947)
The African Queen Cinematographer
(1951)
Young Cassidy Director
(1965)

Filmography

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 2007 The Other Side of the Screen (TV Mini Series)
 2005 Lights2 (Short)
 2004 The Tell-Tale Heart (Short)
 2000 The Suicidal Dog (Short)
 1998 The Dance of Shiva (Short)
 1990 The Magic Balloon (Short)
 1989 Call from Space (Short)
 1987 Million Dollar Mystery (photography)
 1986 Tai-Pan (photographed by)
 1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II (director of photography)
 1985 Cat's Eye (director of photography)
 1984 Conan the Destroyer (photographed by)
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini Series) (director of photography - 3 episodes)
- Part 3 (1984) ... (director of photography)
- Part 2 (1984) ... (director of photography)
- Part 1 (1984) ... (director of photography)
 1984 Scandalous
 1984 The Far Pavilions (TV Mini Series) (1 episode)
 1983 The Wicked Lady (director of photography)
 1981 Ghost Story (director of photography)
 1980 The Dogs of War (director of photography)
 1980 The Awakening (director of photography)
 1979 A Man, a Woman and a Bank (director of photography)
 1979 Avalanche Express (uncredited)
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer (photography)
 1978 Death on the Nile (director of photography)
 1977 Crossed Swords (director of photography)
 1975 Ride a Wild Pony (director of photography)
 1973 Peg Leg, Musket & Sabre (director of photography)
 1968 The Girl on a Motorcycle (photographed by)
 1968 Dark of the Sun (uncredited)
 1961 Fanny (director of photography)
 1958 The Vikings (photographed by)
 1957 Legend of the Lost (photographed by)
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl (director of photography)
 1956 The Brave One (photographed by)
 1956 War and Peace (director of photography)
 1954 Montmartre nocturne (Documentary short)
 1954 The Barefoot Contessa (photography)
 1953 The Story of William Tell (Short)
 1953 The Master of Ballantrae (director of photography)
 1951 Paris (Documentary short)
 1951 The African Queen (director of photography)
 1951 The Magic Box (director of photography)
 1951 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (photographed by)
 1950 Peintres et artistes montmartrois (Documentary short)
 1950 The Black Rose (director of photography)
 1949 Under Capricorn (director of photography)
 1948 Scott of the Antarctic (director of photography)
 1948 The Red Shoes (director of photography)
 1947 Black Narcissus (photographed in Technicolor by)
 1946 Stairway to Heaven (photographed by)
 1945 Steel (Documentary short)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra (photography)
 1944 The Green Girdle (Documentary short)
 1943 Scottish Mazurka (Documentary short)
 1942 Border Weave (Documentary short)
 1942 Colour in Clay (Documentary short)
 1942 Out of the Box (Documentary short)
 1942 This Is Colour (Documentary short)
 1942 The Great Mr. Handel (photography)
 1941 Plastic Surgery in Wartime (Documentary short)
 1941 The Western Isles (Documentary short)
 1940 Peasant Island (Documentary short)
 1939 Indian Durbar (Documentary short)
 1939 Jungle (Documentary short)
 1939 River Thames Yesterday (Documentary short)
 1939 World Windows
 1938 A Village in India (Documentary short)
 1938 Ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek (Documentary short)
 1938 The Sacred Ganges (Documentary short)
 1938 Arabian Bazaar (Short)
 1938 Jerusalem (Documentary short)
 1938 Petra (Documentary short)
 1938 Wanderers of the Desert (Documentary short)
 1938 Fox Hunting in the Roman Compagna (Documentary short)
 1938 Paris on Parade (Documentary short) (as John Cardiff, photographed by)
 1938 The Eternal Fire (Documentary short) (technicolor photography)
 1938 Delhi (Documentary short)
 1938 A Road in India (Documentary short)
 1938 Temples of India (Documentary short)
 1937 Rome Symphonies (Documentary short)
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

John Cardiff | Jack Cardiff OBE FRCA | Jack Cardiff OBE

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Niki Cardiff  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the premiere of 'Scent of Mystery' in 1960, the only feature produced in "Smell-o-Vision"] Most of the audience were trade people. On the back of each seat a tiny pipe was fitted with a spray to project smells to the viewer seated behind. The pipes ran under the floor where an enormous dispensing machine had been installed, acting as a 'small brain', having stored every aroma to be projected ... See more »

Trivia:

Was one of the only photographers Marilyn Monroe trusted to make her look beautiful. He took many photos of her during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). See more »

Nickname:

Jack O'Lantern

Star Sign:

Virgo

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