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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:02 pm    Post subject: Jack Cardiff RIP Reply with quote

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0756289

One of the top-5 cinematographers who ever lived, his eclectic career ranged from The Africa Queen, The Dogs of War, Ghost Story, Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Cat's Eye, Death on the Nile and Conan the Destroyer.

Generally, most film critics don't give the proper amount of ink to his profession, yet when they're gone and we ctach one of their old films on cable or the like we're made aware yet again the vital role they play in the beloved world of cinema.

RIP, pal.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I had no idea he was still around! A true talent.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I DEMAND that his film Sons And Lovers be released sooner rather than later!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great cinematographer, hit-and-miss as a director (but then, who isn't?).

As a cinematographer, you can just work on any film, no matter how bad it is, and nobody would blame you; directors don't get away with it so easily.

As Jack said, probably one of the 5 top cinematographers. Curious about who else you'd put on that list. Hall? Wexler? Gregg Toland maybe?

Still, despite what I've said above, do we have a tendency to judge a cinematographer's merit according to what films he has worked on?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The director should take more responsibility for a film's success or failure, as it is their interpretation of the material that we are seeing. The screenplay might suck, but if the director does not see even that, then they should bear the brunt. While cinematographers are vital, I think directors telling them how to shoot or light the film puts the project's responsibility back on the director.

I have heard many stories of cinematographers leaving or being fired when their vision did not match up with the director's, but I have also heard many stories of first-time directors not having a clue what they are doing, only to be saved by the cinematographer with experience.

And Toland should be at the top of any cinematographer's list (and I'm not saying that because he is a distant cousin).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who else would fall into my top-5-cinematographer category?

Vilmos Zsigmond
Dante Spinotti
Robert Richardson
Frederick Elmes

Oh, and I remember what Pauline Kael wrote about Cardiff's work in Rambo: First Blood Part 2 with all the jungle settings -- that it was so lush it looked like each leaf had been oiled and buffed.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caleb Deschanel - his work is truly beautiful (... just like his daugherts Wink ). No, seriously, like in The Right Stuff, The Natural, Being There, and even average films like The Passion of the Christ and The Patriot (especially) are better due to his work.

Also Vittorio Storaro kicks ass behind the camera, as does Gordon Willis. I also loved Phillipe Roussellot's work in Hope and Glory.

Personal Top 5
Spinotti
Richardson
Deschanel
Storaro
Roger Deakins (let's not forget about this very talented guy).

Paul Thomas Anderson's right hand man Robert Elswit is fast becoming a favorite of mine, I liked his work in Good Night and Good Luck (with Clooney), and There Will be Blood.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and Wally Pfister, that guy is great.

Man, there's too many of them, you could make a huge list and still not get all of them.
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