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British Colour Cinema : Practices and Theories

British Film Institute, 2013

Book chapter

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Flynn

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

2

... of them, known as Nobby, said: ‘Now, I bet Cardiff knows a thing or two – what’s your favourite screwing technique, Jack?’ Film extras are a mixed lot. Quite a few are drop-outs just filling in time, and some of them had, in fact, done ‘time’....

La Belle France – Again

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

0

...After the rigours of Hathaway I needed to get away from it all and what better holiday than to make another documentary with my preposterous old friend Jean Bernard in Paris.Jean was short, jovial, with a large middle section and a tiny...

Technicolor Adventures — Exteriors

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

1

... and a bullet went clean through our windscreen midway between von Keller and me. Our reaction was surprisingly slow, considering. We had driven on for several seconds before we showed our shock and von Keller said shakily, ‘Jack, I don’t think...

Technicolor Adventures — Interiors

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

2

... her he would get Jack Cardiff to photograph her which would prove how good she would look on film. She agreed and I was invited to have dinner with her, which was a huge success. I felt it was the beginning of a warm friendship and she even...

Technicolor Goes to War

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

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...In the summer of 1939 I was in Sicily working contentedly on a commercial for Cadbury’s milk chocolate. It seemed a long way from the machinations of Hitler and the inexorable advent of war.One evening after work I was having a drink...

Expectations Fulfilled

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

1

...My career as a director had not, so far, been an awesome success: two low-budget B-pictures. The press had not been kind. Their verdict on my new career was ‘Why should Cardiff (flatteringly labelled “Britain’s best cameraman”) leave his...

Sophia

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

0

...I went from Tolstoy to Ben Hecht, who was writing a script for my next job, Legend of the Lost, to be shot mostly in the Sahara desert. The story was of a man looking for his father presumed lost in Timbuktu some years before. He hires...

Fade In …

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

1

... of 20th Century Fox. Tall, white haired, with pearly sad El Greco eyes, but he was smiling now, and had to lean close to my ear to make himself heard: ‘Jack, you must enjoy every second of this. Who knows, it may never happen to you...

Elstree

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

2

... several shots of the tumultuous evening. Next day, a newspaper reported: ‘Cameraman Ronald Neame and his tripod carrier Jack Cardiff faithfully recorded the tragic blaze on film.’ Much as I resented being called a tripod carrier,...