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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    In Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, we learn about the visionary filmmaker through his body of work and insightful interviews with such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas as well as Cardiff himself. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Informative and insightful for films buffs without sacrificing accessibility to the casual fan, "Cameraman" is essential viewing for anyone interested in film history. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Legendary is an overworked adjective, but surely it applies to Jack Cardiff, the British cinematographer whose awe-inspiring resume includes some of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever shot, among them "The Red Shoes," "Black Narcissus" and "Stairway to Heaven." show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie clips are luscious, as you'd expect, and Cardiff's own "home movies," shot on various movie sets with a 16mm camera, catch the gods during downtime. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Fantastical is what we get: Cameraman is filled with Cardiff's achingly beautiful work. show more

  • 60
    Boxoffice Magazine

    This is strictly talking heads fare, broken up with movie clips, stills and home movies; fortunately, Jack Cardiff's ephemera are better than yours. show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Director Alan Parker (still living) 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? show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Craig McCall's affectionate "Life & Work" doesn't dig deep on the biographical side, and the lack of personal detail can be frustrating. Yet it suits its subject's gentlemanly reserve. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Lauren Bacall, Kim Hunter and the film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Powell's widow, among others, are fascinating, though we learn almost nothing about Cardiff's personal life. show more

  • 75
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    Director Craig McCall approaches Cardiff with something approaching awe, though his subject views his accomplishments with the good-natured humility befitting a proper English gentleman. show more

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