Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
For those of us here tonight
that are 70 years old or younger,
Jack Cardiff was shooting film
before we were born.
I don't do many interviews.
But when I was invited to speak
about Jack Cardiff, my friend,
I couldn't resist,
because Jack Cardiff
is a...an amazing guy.
Every time I saw certain names,
and one of the names
that kept cropping up was Cardiff.
Every time I saw these names, I knew
I was in for something very special.
And I began to have a very strong
affinity towards British cinema,
because of my recognition
of Cardiff's name, actually.
The way a movie is photographed
creates a mood,
and creates the mood of the movie,
so that the audience is prepared
for the kind of movie it's going to be.
Cinematography is central to film.
Motion pictures is...
is the art form of the 20th century,
and you can't do them
without the camera.
Going over to Bogie, he's dead.
She's dead, she's dead, she's dead.
I'm just alive.
It's fantastic, isn't it?
- You've outlived them all.
I don't know. Do you think
it's a tragic industry to be in sometimes?
No, I don't think so, I think
it's a nonsensical thing...job to be in,
because it's full of, um...
full of hypocrisy, hyperbole.
Just about everything you can think of.
At this moment
your room is still not ready.
- Thank you.
- Your name?
If anybody said, "Who is that guy? "
because I don't think anybody
really knows who I am,
I'd say, "Well, I used to be
a stand-in for Frank Sinatra."
- That was made 50 years ago.
- Cinquante ans.
How are you?
Pleased to meet you.
- Nice to see you.
Come up a bit on this one,
and they're putting on a narrow one
on the number four.
How old are you now?
A couple of weeks ago, I was 91.
- And you're still working?
- Yes, well, not for long.
Another ten years,
and I'll have to take it easy, I think.
- Can you put it on now?
- Yes, sir.
Where you are now with the smoke.
- When did you begin, Jack?
- In this business?
Er...well, I started in 19...
As a kid actor.
That's a long way back, isn't it?
And that's myself
when I was about five years of age.
- You'd already been in a movie.
- Yes, I had.
Do you remember, as a child,
Very, very fuzzily. I know
that it was called "My Son, My Son".
I was four years of age,
and it was a silent picture, of course.
The director used to shout
the instructions through the megaphone.
"Now smile a bit, look over to her.
You love her. Come on, you do this."
That was...that was easy, you know.
my mother and father
would work as extras sometimes.
The standard rate of pay in those days,
the extras got one guinea a day.
I don't know, 150 or 200 extras.
They were paid at the end of the day
by filing past a little booth.
After a while,
they realised what they could do,
they'd get to the end of the queue
and they'd change hats,
or put on a different coat,
and they'd go by
and they'd take another guinea.
They were making a fortune
until they were found out.
The queue was filing by for hours
I had a different home every week.
I went to about 300 schools in my youth
and learnt practically nothing.
So where did you pick up
all your skills?
I read a pornographic book
by Frank Harris.
But in between the porn, there was
all these great names he mentioned.
He'd met all these great writers
and painters and musicians.
And I went out to FoylesRate this script:0.0 / 0 votes
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