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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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Craig McCall

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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:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,998, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$20,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,840
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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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References A Man, a Woman and a Bank (1979) See more »

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For all the film buffs and film historians, this movie is a testament on cinematography.
7 September 2014 | by bradduggSee all my reviews

For all the film buffs and film historians, this movie is a testament on cinematography. I say this precisely because it covers many years of films. From 1930's to 1990's and beyond, it shows an array of history of cinema itself.

Actually titled as CAMERAMAN - THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF, I put the title as simply CAMERAMAN.

Jack Cardiff, is considered by many as the greatest cinematographer ever and this film, which is a documentary shows us glimpses of the work of Jack Cardiff and why is he essentially considered as great by many.

Sprinkled with interviews from, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas and many many varied film personalities, this documentary shows us scenes from various films. Most of the scenes are actually known to us, and here we see the work that went to make that scene.

There is wonderful information in this film and also, the humility of the great man is presented wonderfully, in his own words, he seems to be lost and unrecognized for much of the time. He mentions, that in premieres, people would ask "Who's that?" and they will say "Oh, he's nobody" Many moments like this give us insights into this great man and his body of work.

This is a documentary that should be watched by film buffs. Also, did I mention that he is first cinematographer to have been given an honorary Academy award. So, boy how he did all of that is worth knowing. A 4/5 for this wonderful documentary by Craig McCall. I am told, it took nearly two decades to complete this. Salute to the sheer amount of effort kept by Craig and his team.


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