Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jack Cardiff: 1914 - 2009

Jack Cardiff, Oscar winning cinematographer of Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, died today at the age of 94.

Cardiff also lensed such films as The African Queen, War and Peace, Death on the Nile, Conan the Destroyer, and Rambo: First Blood Part II, and directed Sons and Lovers in 1960.

Black Narcissus, in my opinion, is the most exquisitely lit film ever made, with The Red Shoes close behind as some of the most beautiful images ever put to celluloid.

Cardiff worked right up until the end. His last project was the TV miniseries, The Other Side of the Screen, in 2007.

He was one of the giants in his field, and he will be missed.

Source: CBC News

1 comment:

Sam Juliano said...

Yes, this has been a topic among my inner circle here since yesterday, and yes, I know how much you love BLACK NARCISSUS, Matthew. I am with you 100%. And indeed THE RED SHOES is sublime too. Cardiff is one of the half-dozen greatest cinematographers of all time without a doubt.

R.I.P., but we're lucky to have him for 94 years.