Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (2011)
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Jack Cardiff's career spanned an incredible nine of moving picture's first ten decades and his work behind the camera altered the look of films forever through his use of Technicolor photography. Craig McCall's passionate film about the legendary cinematographer reveals a unique figure in British and international cinema. -- (C) Strand
May 13, 2011 Wide
Aug 16, 2011
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Although we never really learn much about his life outside the movies, by the end of the film we are in awe of his work accomplishments.
"Cameraman" should be required viewing for anyone interested in becoming more visually literate in an ever-more-media-drenched age.
The lack of personal detail can be frustrating. Yet it suits its subject's gentlemanly reserve.
Even with its tightly cropped approach, this is still a fascinating look at a too-neglected craft.
Chiming in for this breezy tribute filled with tantalizing clips is a who's who of admirers, including Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, John Mills and Kim Hunter.
McCall draws on Cardiff's life-long love of painting to adopt a similarly impressionistic style, brushing broad sweeps of anecdote and recollection about the cameraman on to his canvas to create a complex and emotionally engaging picture.
It's the images seen through Cardiff's lens that makes Cameraman such a joy to watch.
Cameraman gives us insight into how and why movies manage to swallow us up for two hours and make us think we understand places, eras, and feelings we've never experienced.
After years of DVD special features, even dedicated buffs may be somewhat blasé about a film that takes us behind the scenes to explore one man's career...but this is no ordinary documentary, and its subject is no ordinary filmmaker. Jack Cardiff was a...
Unfolds in a very liner fashion, and lacks a real spine, but full of some great anecdotes, and shines a light on one of cinema's quiet, under-recognized groundbreakers.
As captured by McCall, Cardiff has a palpable joie de vivre, an impish way with an anecdote and inventive solutions for capturing images.
The unsurpassed work of cinematographer Jack Cardiff is gloriously featured in one of the best filmmaking documentaries ever made.
This is strictly talking heads fare, broken up with movie clips, stills and home movies; fortunately, Jack Cardiff's ephemera are better than yours.
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