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Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2011
It's the images seen through Cardiff's lens that makes Cameraman such a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
July 8, 2011
For the cinéaste, it's required viewing.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 8, 2011
"Cameraman" should be required viewing for anyone interested in becoming more visually literate in an ever-more-media-drenched age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
Cardiff was the greatest color cameraman who ever lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 3, 2011
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...
Brent Simon
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2011
The lack of personal detail can be frustrating. Yet it suits its subject's gentlemanly reserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 13, 2011
The unsurpassed work of cinematographer Jack Cardiff is gloriously featured in one of the best filmmaking documentaries ever made.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2011
Even with its tightly cropped approach, this is still a fascinating look at a too-neglected craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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?
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
April 29, 2011
This is strictly talking heads fare, broken up with movie clips, stills and home movies; fortunately, Jack Cardiff's ephemera are better than yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
April 27, 2011
A respectful documentary about the man who is arguably the greatest cinematographer of all time, Jack Cardiff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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