Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Dir: Craig McCall



86 mins


Featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Sir John Mills and more, Cameraman illuminates a unique figure in British and international cinema, Jack Cardiff, a man whose life and career are inextricably interwoven with the history of cinema, spanning nine decades of moving pictures.

The term ‘legend’ is all too frequently used in Hollywood, yet Jack Cardiff’s story surely proves him truly worthy of that title. On 25 March 2001, fifty-four years after winning his first Oscar for his stunning Technicolor cinematography on Black Narcissus, Jack Cardiff was the first cinematographer ever presented with an honorary Oscar.

In this unique insight into Cardiff’s life and work, the master himself explains how he helped elevate cinematography to an art form and made history with his ground-breaking vision and technical wizardry in films including A Matter Of Life And DeathThe Red Shoes and The African Queen, and what it was like to work with icons like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Sophia Loren. Martin Scorsese passionately guides us through his films and why he found them so influential (“I began to have a very strong affinity towards British Cinema, because of my recognition of Jack Cardiff’s name”),

Featuring interviews with the world’s greatest actors, directors and technicians, Cameraman explores Jack’s life and work in compelling scope and detail. A unique and valuable testimony to British and international cinema history and an amazing story about an exceptional life.

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