Cinematography by Jack Cardiff

Cinematography by Jack Cardiff

11 Episodes

Fever-dream reds. Blazing blues. Hallucinatory greens. The all-time master of Technicolor, British cinematographer Jack Cardiff used the process as no one before or since to achieve images of delirious beauty. Renowned for his contributions to the masterpieces of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger—visual triumphs like THE RED SHOES, BLACK NARCISSUS, and A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH—he went on to become an in-demand international cameraman. Whether shooting on the Spanish coast for the offbeat fantasy PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, in the East African jungle for John Huston’s adventure classic THE AFRICAN QUEEN, or among the Norwegian fjords for the epic action spectacle THE VIKINGS, he enhanced every film he worked on with his magisterial eye. Also a director, Cardiff’s intriguing filmography includes the psychedelic Euro-cult curio THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE, the first film ever to receive an X rating in the United States.

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Cinematography by Jack Cardiff
  • Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

    Episode 1

    Directed by Craig McCall • 2010 • United Kingdom

    With a filmography spanning more than eighty years, Jack Cardiff was one of cinema’s most passionate image-makers. Featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Charlton Heston, this star-studded documentary explore...

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Episode 2

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom

    Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmo...

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1946 • United Kingdom
    Starring David Niven, Roger Livesey, Kim Hunter

    After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just de...

  • Black Narcissus

    Episode 4

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, includ...

  • The Red Shoes

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1948 • United Kingdom
    Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring

    THE RED SHOES, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Tech...

  • The African Queen

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Huston • 1951 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

    Humphrey Bogart won his one and only Academy Award for his role as the prickly, hard-drinking boat captain who—with Katharine Hepburn’s straitlaced Methodist missionary in tow—embarks on ...

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Episode 7

    Directed by Albert Lewin • 1951 • United States
    Starring James Mason, Ava Gardner

    This timeless romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman features sumptuous color cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Ava Gardner, one of the most beautiful screen goddesses of all time, plays Pandora, a wom...

  • War and Peace

    Episode 8

    Directed by King Vidor • 1956 • United States
    Starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer

    Tolstoy’s mighty tome gets a sweeping, all-star adaptation under the expert direction of Hollywood-epic specialist King Vidor. Henry Fonda’s Pierre, Audrey Hepburn’s Natasha, and Mel Ferrer’s Prince...

  • The Vikings

    Episode 9

    Directed by Richard Fleischer • 1958 • United States
    Starring Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine

    This spectacular, rousing adventure opens with the Viking army invading the small kingdom of Northumbria, killing its king and forcing her pregnant widow to flee to a new land. Years later...

  • Fanny
    Episode 10


    Episode 10

    Directed by Joshua Logan • 1961 • United States
    Starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer

    In early 1920s Marseille, young Marius (Horst Buchholz) dreams of leaving his dull provincial life and seeing the world. But when the beautiful Fanny (Leslie Caron) declares her adoration f...

  • The Girl on a Motorcycle

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jack Cardiff • 1968 • United Kingdom, France
    Starring Marianne Faithful, Alain Delon

    A wildly sexy time capsule from the swinging sixties, THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE stars Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull—two performers at the height of their impressive cool—as lovers with a taste...