Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Reviews

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August 5, 2019
For fans of Cardiff, for fans of the Archers, and for fans of all great cinema, Cameraman is a must-see.
November 12, 2017
His story ends in 2009, but his achievements live on, with "Cameraman" a sublime education on the masterful work of Jack Cardiff.
February 9, 2013
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.
August 6, 2011
It's the images seen through Cardiff's lens that makes Cameraman such a joy to watch.
July 28, 2011
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.
July 8, 2011
For the cinaste, it's required viewing.
July 8, 2011
"Cameraman" should be required viewing for anyone interested in becoming more visually literate in an ever-more-media-drenched age.
June 23, 2011
Cardiff was the greatest color cameraman who ever lived.
June 22, 2011
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.
June 3, 2011
After years of DVD special features, even dedicated buffs may be somewhat blas 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...
June 3, 2011
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.
June 2, 2011
The lack of personal detail can be frustrating. Yet it suits its subject's gentlemanly reserve.
May 22, 2011
As captured by McCall, Cardiff has a palpable joie de vivre, an impish way with an anecdote and inventive solutions for capturing images.
May 13, 2011
The unsurpassed work of cinematographer Jack Cardiff is gloriously featured in one of the best filmmaking documentaries ever made.
May 13, 2011
Even with its tightly cropped approach, this is still a fascinating look at a too-neglected craft.
May 13, 2011
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.
May 12, 2011
Asked if movies were a "tragic" industry, Cardiff replies, "I think it's a nonsensical thing, job, to be in, because it's full of hypocrisy, hyperbole, just about everything you can think of." Yet his example demonstrates just how worthy it can be.
May 12, 2011
McCall approaches Cardiff with something approaching awe, though his subject views his accomplishments with the good-natured humility befitting a proper English gentleman.
May 11, 2011
Director Alan Parker nicely describes the tightrope teeter of Cardiff's hothouse imagery: "It's great art, and then it will be kitsch, and then it will be art again." Or is he summing up cinema itself?
May 10, 2011
Cameraman is filled with Cardiff's achingly beautiful work, from the furious violet moods of Black Narcissus (1947) and his ballet fantasia The Red Shoes (1948) to Sylvester Stallone's agonized poses in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
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