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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff


Cameraman images courtesy of Strand Releasing

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Craig McCall, 2010

A Matter of Life and Death

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946

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Thu, Apr 21, 2011 7 PM

This double bill features an engaging documentary portrait of brilliant British cinematographer Jack Cardiff plus one of the most renowned examples of his art.

Cardiff, who died in 2010 at age 94, served as everything from clapper boy to director in a film career that spanned nearly 80 years. But he is best remembered for the trio of Technicolor films he shot for The Archers (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger); A Matter of Life and Death (1946); Black Narcissus (1947); and The Red Shoes (1948). This sensitively crafted portrait includes comments from such notable colleagues and admirers as Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, and Lauren Bacall. (86 mins., 35mm)

After Cameraman, experience Cardiff's glorious imagery first hand in A Matter of Life and Death, a fantasy about a World War II pilot (David Niven) who goes on trial for his life in heaven after his plane is shot down following a bombing run. (104 mins., 35mm)

A Matter of Life and Death begins at 8:40 pm.

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