The New York Film Festival
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Mon Sep 20 2010
CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF
You might not recognize his name, but you'll certainly know the late Jack Cardiff's work: the psychological expressionism of Black Narcissus, the lush iconography of The Barefoot Contessa, the vibrant jungle-boogie sequences in The African Queen. Considered one of the greatest cinematographers ever to grace a soundstage, Cardiff set the standard for shooting in color, and you can almost forgive the conservative format of Craig McCall's BBC-ish biodoc once the clips start rushing in. Talking heads like Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and superfan Martin Scorsese offer praise (dig that side-by-side comparison of The Red Shoes and Raging Bull!), while an extensive interview with the man himself traces his beginnings in silent cinema to his final years, shooting shorts in 2005.—David Fear