Jack Cardiff

Jack Cardiff

Highest Rated: 100% The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Lowest Rated: 14% Tai-Pan (1986)

Birthday: Sep 18, 1914

Birthplace: Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK

The son of vaudevillians, Jack Cardiff began his long and distinguished career as a child actor in silent films. When he hit his teens, he moved to behind-the-scenes work and earned his first screen credit as a glorified 'go-fer,' billed as fourth assistant director on "The Informer" in 1929. He quickly rose through the ranks from clapper boy to focus puller to second-unit cameraman. He was a camera operator on what is reputedly the first British Technicolor feature, "Wings of the Morning" (1937). As he emerged as a major director of photography in the 1940s, Cardiff garnered a reputation for his bold use of color. He shot the Powell-Pressburger masterpieces "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death" (1946), "Black Narcissus" (1947) - for which he won a Best Cinematography Oscar - and "The Red Shoes" (1948). Cardiff went on to become one of the finest practitioners of cinematography, skillfully utilizing color to enhance such features as John Huston's "The African Queen" (1951), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954) and King Vidor's "War and Peace" (1956), for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

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Credit
97% 91% Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff Unknown (Character) $20K 2010
14% 37% Tai-Pan Cinematographer $3.8M 1986
35% 60% Rambo: First Blood Part II Cinematographer $150.2M 1985
25% 38% Conan the Destroyer Cinematographer - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandalous Cinematographer - 1984
No Score Yet 36% The Wicked Lady Cinematographer - 1983
35% 43% Ghost Story Cinematographer - 1981
67% 52% The Dogs of War Cinematographer - 1980
No Score Yet 14% Avalanche Express Cinematographer - 1979
No Score Yet 40% The Mutations Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Penny Gold Director - 1973
33% 50% The Girl on a Motorcycle Director,
Writer
- 1968
67% 77% Dark of the Sun Director - 1968
No Score Yet 44% The Liquidator Director - 1966
No Score Yet 40% Young Cassidy Director - 1965
50% 39% The Long Ships Director - 1964
No Score Yet 64% My Geisha Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lion Director - 1962
No Score Yet 20% Scent of Mystery Director - 1960
67% 52% Sons and Lovers Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Web of Evidence Director - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond This Place Director - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intent to Kill Director - 1958
76% 73% The Vikings Cinematographer - 1958
No Score Yet 33% Legend of the Lost Cinematographer - 1957
63% 56% The Prince and the Showgirl Cinematographer - 1957
No Score Yet 47% The Brave One Cinematographer - 1956
43% 63% War and Peace Cinematographer - 1956
100% 72% The Barefoot Contessa Cinematographer - 1954
98% 86% The African Queen Cinematographer - 1951
66% 77% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Cinematographer - 1951
60% 33% Under Capricorn Cinematographer - 1949
No Score Yet 73% Scott of the Antarctic Cinematographer - 1948
97% 92% The Red Shoes Cinematographer - 1948
100% 88% Black Narcissus Cinematographer - 1947
97% 93% Stairway to Heaven Cinematographer - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris on Parade Cinematographer - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tiptoes Unknown (Character) - 1927

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