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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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Official Sites:

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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:

£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,998, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,019, 7 August 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

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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A Must for Film Buffs
20 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Interesting documentary features interviews with Kirk Douglas, Martin Scorsese, Lauren Bacall, Charlon Heston, Kim Hunter, Thelma Schoonmaker, Alan Parker and many others as they discuss the now legendary work of cameraman Jack Cardiff. If you're unfamiliar with Cardiff's work then you'll notice here that he worked on some classic pictures and worked with a number of legendary directors including Michael Powell, Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston. The best thing that can be said about this documentary is the fact that it works perfectly as an educational piece because not only does it inform new people to who Cardiff was but it also educates the fans by showing in detail certain shots and skills that he brought to his profession. Some of the best moments include Douglas talking about working on THE VIKING and we even get some terrific outtakes showing the actor doing his stunts and messing up on a couple. We also get to hear Scorsese talk about how Cardiff's work made his love British cinema and we hear from Parker about the brilliant use of colors. I think fans of Cardiff will mainly enjoy the man himself being interviewed about the countless productions he worked on. He talks about what it was like in the silent era and how things changed when sound came into play. From here we learn about how he got involved in Technicolor and how THE RED SHOES pretty much changed and ended everything. We also hear about his attempts at directing and how critics really weren't too friendly to him. Fans of Cardiff will certainly love hearing about his life and career and it's certainly special having him go over so many important films.


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