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Thursday, September 16, 2010

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Craig McCall
Writer: Craig McCall
Cast: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, John Mills, Alan Parker, Thelma Schoonmaker, Freddie Francis, Raffaella De Laurentis, Richard Fleischer, Peter Yates, Kathleen Byron, Christopher Challis, Kevin McClory, Ian Christie, Moira Shearer, Peter Handford, George E. Turner, Michel Ciment, Michael Powell, Dustin Hoffman, Humphrey Bogart, Sophia Loren, Craig McCall, Niki Cardiff and Deborah Kerr
Producers: Craig McCall and Richard McGill
Executive Producers: Mason Cardiff and Julie Williams
Associate Producers: Sean Broughton, Alex Ireson, Chris Roff, Penny Verbe and Mark Wildig
Original Music: Mark Sayer-Wade
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

Perhaps the greatest of British cinematographers, Jack Cardiff worked well into his nineties and was pretty much revered and acknowledged by everyone for his great abilities.

Starting as a child actor in film, he became a teenage gofer and then learned the process of using a motion picture camera becoming a formidable force both behind the camera and as a director.

Cardiff, who died in 2009, was interviewed at length about the films on which he worked and the dramas and people that surrounded the films.

Very simply, Cardiff was a genius and it's evident in every frame that's shown of his work. He worked on great films that have become classics, like The African Queen and the Red Shoes.

In fact, it was Cardiff who was chosen to be the first to use a Technicolor camera in the United States.

More insight into the man is given by interviews done with living friends like Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, and archival footage with Humphrey Bogart and other deceased greats.

Cameraman is a loving look at a great talent who's work will live on through the masterpieces he left behind.