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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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Explore Jack Cardiff's wonderful life
11 December 2011 | by Steve CrookSee all my reviews

Jack Cardiff was an amazing man who had a wonderful life. He started in show-business as a child actor in a touring show working with his parents. He was still working right up until the last of his 94 years. In that time he had worked with most of the great names in the business and earned their respect and admiration.

This documentary covers most of his working life with lots of examples from clips or stills and interviews with the great man himself as well as many of those whose lives he touched. The documentary was many years in the making and was fortunate enough to interview a lot of the people that Jack worked with who are no longer with us.

It's not often that a feature length documentary leaves you wanting more, but this one does.

When Jack discovered the world of movies as a child actor in some early silent films he decided that being a cameraman was the best job going because they got to travel to such exotic locations. He was mainly self-educated because the life of a touring theatrical didn't allow much time at any one school. But that self-education included study of the old masters in art galleries wherever he went. So when he started working as a cameraman he was able to bring his knowledge of lighting and composition.

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13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,998, 15 May 2011

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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