Friday, 24 April 2009

F.I.P Jack Cardiff

Jack Cardiff snap from the Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers directing Errol Flynn's "The Story of William Tell".

Film in Peace Jack Cardiff. At 94 Jack Cardiff, master cinematographer passed away at his home in Kent. Jack Cardiff was lined up to direct Errol Flynn's "The Story of William Tell" and filming actually started but Flynn soon went broke, bamboozled by Italian investors. Apparently according to Wikipedia, Jack spent some time experimenting with Smell-O-Vision. As a cinematographer he worked with the likes of Orson Welles who starred in The Black Rose, John Huston who directed The African Queen, and was cinematographer Conan the Destroyer directed by Richard Fleischer and featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course none other than Grace Jones.

He shot The Master of Ballantrae with Errol Flynn, which is an excellent Flynn film if you haven't seen it. I think it should have been Flynn's swashbuckling come-back flick.

Jack Cardiff was not a pedant when it came to shooting movies. He shot Laurence Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl, with Marilyn Monroe who described Jack as "The best in the world" (We assume cinematographer) but converging that with his quite regular friendship with Errol Flynn, there could be an opportunity for me to make a sequel to Errol Flynn's Pianist called 'Do Tell'.

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