The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff

DVD - 2011 | Widescreen.
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A star-studded documentary about one of the greatest Oscar-winning cinematographers, who captured the beauty of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren in such memorable classics as The African Queen, The Red Shoes, Barefoot Contessa, and Black Narcissus. With a career spanning more than 80 years, the passionate documentary reveals the craft of one of cinema's most indelible image-makers, Jack Cardiff.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] : Strand Releasing, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.430233092 Cardi-C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Language Note: Closed-captioned.


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Nov 17, 2020

Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) was a British cinematographer whose career spanned for more than 60 years. Over his active lifetime he had worked with such notable film directors as Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston.

This bio-documentary (from 2010) explores the work of Cardiff. It also examines his legacy as being one of the most influential filmmakers in the world who became the absolute master of the Technicolor process.

Nov 08, 2020

Noted British cinematographer, Jack Cardiff was a multiple-award winner whose busy career spanned for more than five decades.

Jack Cardiff died in 2009 at the the age of 94.

This informative bio-documentary looks at the life and career of said-filmmaker.

Dec 29, 2017

A documentary about legendary Hollywood camera man Jack Cardiff. It held my interest. Cardiff was a pioneer in artistic colour photgraphy in the movies. The Black Narcissis is a tribute to his talents as a camera man. A must see for photography fans.

Froster Sep 17, 2013

Nice enough little doc, but its only consequence is to make one want to revel in The Archers’ magnificent, baroque vision once again. Cardiff really could have hung up his viewfinder after making the three amazing Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger pictures profiled here. An unintended effect of watching the arc of his career, however, is to witness the demise of the Hollywood studio system. Cardiff went from being a pioneer and visionary within the British studio system, to land in Hollywood to work with another rarity---Hitchcock, a master who also retained his independence, but over here. Unfortunately, the project was a legendary dog—“Under Capricorn”. We then see Cardiff casting his pearls in bloated, desperate 50’s efforts like “The Black Rose”, and “The Vikings” (and worse), and finally, descending to “Rambo”. Ahhh well, a girl’s gotta make a living, and Cardiff seems to take it all in stride. But OH! “The Red Shoes” and AH! “Black Narcissus”. Bless him.

FishbowlB77 Aug 14, 2012

A wonderful tribute to one of the greatest cinematographers in the world.

Glencoe_Mike Nov 10, 2011

Nice documentary about an important old-school filmmaker.

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