Cameraman – The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

A caringly made documentary about the now deceased cinematographer Jack Cardiff, whose name turns up in the credits of some of the most acknowledged films in the history of cinema. With a list of merits ranging from The Prince and the Showgirl and The Red Shoes to Rambo II Cardiff was one of Hollywood’s absolute masterminds.

He was one of the few photographers Marilyn Monroe always trusted to make her look beautiful in pictures. This documentary was started as early as 1998 and includes interviews with among others Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, not to mention Cardiff himself who died in April last year. Even if you aren’t already a Cardiff fan, this movie is definitely worth a look, if only to hear his own anecdotes about some of the greatest stars in Hollywood history, for example Audrey Hepburn and Errol Flynn.

This is a movie for all cinema lovers with any sort of self respect which gives an unusual glimpse behind the scenes of the film industry. Highly recommended!

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