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.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
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[Introducing Jack Cardiff prior to presenting him with his honorary Oscar in 2001
For those of us who are 70 years old or younger, Jack Cardiff
was shooting film before we were born.
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
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Features Crossed Swords
13 May 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As: Cameraman
: The Life
of Jack Cardiff
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Opening Weekend USA: $1,998,
15 May 2011
Gross USA: $20,840
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $20,840
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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