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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:

£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)

Aspect Ratio:

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 cinema freaks...like myself.
29 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful tribute to Jack Cardiff and really gives the viewer insight into what it was to be a cinematographer during film's glory days of the 40s, 50s and beyond. This is wonderful, as MOST biographies about movie folks were about the actors and directors--and NEVER about technicians. So, in this case, you get to see and appreciate the use of color, framing, the use of matte paintings and other aspects of camera-work.

The film consists of lots of clips of films Cardiff made. In addition, they were fortunate enough to have lots of footage of Cardiff reminiscing about his work and the people he's known over the years. And, considering how incredibly old Cardiff was, he sure seemed a lot younger and alert than you'd expect from a man nearly 100! In addition, there are lots of interviews with those who worked with him or who appreciated and learned from him (such as Martin Scorsese). All in all, a wonderful tribute but also a great lesson to die-hard film buffs. Well worth seeing.


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