Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Dir: Craig McCall

United Kingdom (UK)


86 mins


…this is an experience as rich in vicarious escapism as any narrative film, and is required viewing for anyone attracted by the genius of Powell and Pressburger and the seductive myths of Hollywood.

Tom Seymour, Little White Lies


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 phrase “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 for:

“Exceptional distinction in lifetime achievement; exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences; and for outstanding services to the Academy.”

In this unique insight into Jack’s life and work, the master himself explains how he helped elevate cinematography to an art form and made history with his groundbreaking vision and technical wizardry in A Matter Of Life And DeathThe Red ShoesThe African QueenThe Vikings and many others.

Amongst many fascinating revelations and anecdotes in the film, Jack relates what it was like to work with Hollywood’s greatest icons, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren.

Martin Scorsese passionately guides us through Jack’s films and tells us why they have had such an influence on him. “I began to have a very strong affinity towards British Cinema, because of my recognition of Jack Cardiff’s name.”

Featuring unique interviews with the world’s greatest actors, directors and technicians, Cameramanexplores Jack’s life and work in compelling detail, scope and intimacy. The film is not only a unique and valuable testimony to British and international cinema history; it’s a humorous and informative one too – an amazing story about an exceptional life.

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