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Douglas Slocombe

Highest Rated: 100% The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Lowest Rated: 39% The Great Gatsby (1974)

Birthday: Feb 10, 1913

Birthplace: London, England, UK

A celebrated English cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe received his training as both a photo-journalist and as a newsreel cameraman during WWII, filming the German invasion of Poland and Holland. After the war, he joined Ealing Studios, where unlike many directors of photography he did not rise through the ranks. Slocombe used his newsreel training to basically learn on the job, shooting such acclaimed films as "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1952) and "The Man in the White Suit" (1955). For much of his career, he worked with the same camera operator, Chic Waterson. An elegant craftsman whose trademark was the detail of his shots, Slocombe later contributed to landmark British features of the 1960s including "The L-Shaped Room" (1962) and Joseph Losey's "The Servant" (1963). For John Huston's "Freud" (1962), Slocombe had to work in five distinct styles to represent what was occurring onscreen: there was the strict narrative, a distinct style for flashbacks, one for dream sequences, another for nightmares and yet another for memories. His extraordinary success was honored with a British Academy Award. Despite his excellent, crisp work on such efforts as "The Lion in Winter" (1968), Slocombe earned his first Oscar nomination for "Travels With My Aunt" (1972). He brought to life the Roaring Twenties in Jack Clayton's "The Great Gatsby" (1974) and earned a second Academy nod for "Julia" (1977). That same year, he began an association with wunderkind Steven Spielberg, shooting additional footage in India for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." While Slocombe did fine work for other (sometimes mediocre) films, some of his best work was for Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy. He garnered his third Academy Award nomination for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and went on to bring a unified look to the sequels "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) and his last feature "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). Douglas Slocombe died in his native London on February 22, 2016. He was 103 years old.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
88% 94% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Cinematographer $195.1M 1989
56% 76% Lady Jane Cinematographer $132K 1986
84% 81% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Cinematographer - 1984
81% 83% The Pirates of Penzance Cinematographer - 1983
95% 96% Raiders of the Lost Ark Cinematographer $248.2M 1981
94% 85% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cinematographer $3.1M 1977
66% 61% Rollerball Cinematographer - 1975
No Score Yet 33% Hedda Cinematographer - 1975
39% 47% The Great Gatsby Cinematographer - 1974
No Score Yet 86% Love Among the Ruins Cinematographer - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return Cinematographer - 1973
52% 76% Jesus Christ Superstar Cinematographer - 1973
57% 49% Travels With My Aunt Cinematographer - 1972
No Score Yet 61% Murphy's War Cinematographer - 1971
59% 73% The Music Lovers Cinematographer - 1971
83% 85% The Italian Job Cinematographer - 1969
90% 90% The Lion in Winter Cinematographer $17.9K 1968
69% 76% The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck Cinematographer - 1967
80% 84% Robbery Cinematographer - 1967
No Score Yet 76% The Blue Max Cinematographer - 1966
No Score Yet 51% A High Wind in Jamaica Cinematographer - 1965
No Score Yet 79% The Mark Cinematographer - 1961
No Score Yet 80% Scream of Fear Cinematographer - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tread Softly Stranger Cinematographer - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Decision Against Time Cinematographer - 1957
No Score Yet 67% The Smallest Show on Earth Cinematographer - 1957
No Score Yet 80% The Titfield Thunderbolt Cinematographer - 1953
100% 87% The Lavender Hill Mob Cinematographer - 1951
100% 81% The Man in the White Suit Cinematographer $8.3K 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Shore Cinematographer - 1949
No Score Yet 60% The Loves of Joanna Godden Cinematographer - 1947
93% 86% Dead of Night Cinematographer - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Those in Peril Cinematographer - 1944

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