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A star studded documentary about one of the greatest Oscar® winning cinematographers to capture the beauty of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren in such memorable classics as The African Queen, The Red Shoes, Barefoot Contessa and Black Narcissus. With a career spanning more than 80 years, this passionate documentary reveals the craft of one of cinema's most indelible image-makers, Jack Cardiff.

Bonus Features: Interview with Craig McCall by Ian Christie - Jack's actress portraits - Jack's behind-the-scenes movies - Cinematographer and Director relationship - Working with three-strip Technicolor - Photo Galleries - Original Theatrical Trailer - Other Strand Releasing Trailers

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We have to keep making films like this one --Martin Scorsese

Fantastical --Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

A treat... A pleasure --Leslie Felperin, Variety

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  • Actors: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, John Mills
  • Directors: Craig McCall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00507T4BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brad Baker VINE VOICE on August 20, 2011
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Among Italian cinematographers, only one name really stands out: Mario Bava(see "A Drop of Water" from his "Black Sabbath" trilogy). But the most important person in the history of color cinematography is surely Jack Cardiff. Scottish documentarian Craig McCall spent thirteen years tracking down a list of people needed to give the proper insight to the work of Cardiff, who passed away, sadly, just before this film was completed. The participants were more than happy to talk about the man they called the greatest cinematographer of all time. The DVD includes directors Richard Fleischer, Peter Yates, and Martin Scorsese and actors Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, John Mills, and Kirk Douglas. Jack Cardiff's career spans the entire history of motion pictures, from the silent era to today's high definition technology. Cardiff started as a child actor in English silent films, and graduated to become a camera operator. Later, his career as a Technicolor cinematographer blossomed. You've heard of "painting with a camera". Cardiff "painted with a camera". Literally. He was a classic painter himself, studying and re-drawing Rembrandt and other artists. He mastered cinema "paint on glass". His love of classical painting and color technology produced some of the richest, most strikingly beautiful films ever made. The real star of "Cameraman" is the glorious, fully-restored clips from "Black Narcissus", "The Red Shoes", "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman", "The African Queen, "The Magic Box", "The Vikings", and "The Barefoot Contessa". An extended analysis of "Black Narcissus" reveals a powerful study about nuns converting a brothel into a chapel in Nepal. Striking outdoor sequences on windy mountain cliffs were shot, not on location, but in London at Pinewood Studios: Cardiff movie magic.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony F. Runfalo on November 1, 2011
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I learned much from this documentary, especially the info concerning the application of the original IB Technicolor. Cardiff's explanation of techniques involved in the making of his many films, including Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes is fascinating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg M on July 7, 2013
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Jack Cardiff (1914–2009) I accidentally ran across this film on TCM while channel surfing and caught about half of it and knew I had to have it. If you are a film buff you will absolutely want a copy of this on DVD. If you are not familiar with his work, do a search on IMDB for Jack Cardiff and you will see how much this "cameraman" contributed to real film over the years. The extras on the DVD are great too. This film will make you check the credits of every great film you watch to see if he was behind the camera. Thanks Jack, for giving us so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun M. Costello on October 5, 2012
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I first saw this intimate and informative documentary on TCM, and was so impressed that I immediately went online, found it on Amazon, and ordered a copy. Jack Cardiff's body of work is impressive, but it's his self deprecating personality, seemingly uneffected by his successful porfolio, that caught my eye. In the infancy of color cinimetography, the Technicolor people were looking for cimematographers in England to train to use their unique three strand system. Grilled by the Technicolor staff with highly technical questions, Cardiff simply said, "Well, I'm not really a very technical person. I just look at beautiful paintings and copy the lighting." They selected him, to his surprise, and the rest is history. Cardiff's early camera work for brilliant British director Michael Powell yielded: A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway To Heaven), Black Narcissus, and The Red Shoes. Cardiff's delightful interview is evenly spaced throughout the film, along with Marty Scorsese, Lauren Becall, Kim Hunter, Thelma Schoonmaker, Alan Parker and many others. Scorsese's revelation that he styled the fight scenes in Raging Bull after The Red Shoes' ballet sequences is worth the price of this DVD alone. So is the behind-the-scenes look at the making of Black Narcissus. Cardiff's prolific crareer spanned seventy years. CAMERAMAN, is a delightful and informative look at the life and career of one of cinematography's giants.
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By A. J. De Koning on February 12, 2014
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I didn't see it till now, but I had expected it to have subtitles, so vieuwing it will be a little more difficult for me. So the three stars are for Jack Cardiff himself who I greatly admire.
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If someone needs an explanation of why the reflections of this great man who first was the "Head Camera Man" (I'm getting too old to remember even simple terms used in the film titles) and later as a Director, they would not have the knowledge to understand the importance of the "Cinematographer".
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