• Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff (2011)

Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff

Release Date: May 13th, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 9th, 2011

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

This documentary explores the life of Jack Cardiff, a former child actor who went on to achieve great things in film. But Cardiff didn't excel in front of the camera; he mastered the camera itself, using his painting background to perfect the art of lighting in cinema. Cardiff's talent as a cinematographer is seen in clips from some of his most acclaimed works, like "Black Narcissus" and "The Red Shoes," while the praise of luminaries like Martin Scorsese cements his legend.

Cast: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, John Mills, Thelma Schoonmaker, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron

Director: Craig McCall

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: UK Film Council

Keywords: Rise, Spirited, London, 2000s, Engaging, Inspiring, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew 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
    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 ScheckThe 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com