Jack Cardiff Biography (1914-)

Born September 18, 1914, in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England; son of John Joseph (avaudeville performer) and Florence (a vaudeville performer) Cardiff; marriedJulia Lily Mickleboro, 1940 (divorced); some sources cite other wives Sylvia(divorced) and Nicki; children: John, Rodney, Peter, Mason.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Cinematographer, director, camera operator, actor
Birth Details
September 18, 1914
Yarmouth, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • This Is Colour (short film), 1942
  • Intent to Kill, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Beyond This Place (also known as Web of Evidence), 1959
  • Scent of Mystery (also known as Holiday in Spain), MichaelTodd, 1960
  • Sons and Lovers, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • The Lion, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • My Geisha, Paramount, 1962
  • (Director of additional sequences) Satan Never Sleeps, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • The Long Ships (also known as Dugi brodovi), Columbia, 1964
  • Young Cassidy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • The Liquidator, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Dark of the Sun (also known as The Mercenaries), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • The Girl on a Motorcycle (also known as Naked under Leather), Claridge, 1968
  • Penny Gold, 1973
  • The Mutations (also known as Doctor of Evil, The Freakmaker, and The Mutation), Columbia, 1974
  • Delius, 1989
  • Vivaldi's Four Seasons, 1991
  • The Dance of Shiva, Epiphany Productions, 1998
  • The Suicidal Dog, BBC Films, 2000
  • One Life Later, c. 2001
  • Producer
  • The Girl on a Motorcycle (also known as Naked under Leather), Claridge, 1968
  • Cinematographer
  • The Last Days of Pompeii, 1935
  • (With Hal Rosson) As You Like It, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • (With Ray Rennahan and Henry Imus) Wings of the Morning, TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1937
  • La caccia alla volpe nella campagna Romana (short documentary film; also known as Fox Hunting the Roman Compagna), 1938
  • (As John Cardiff) Paris on Parade (short film), 1938
  • Main Street of Paris (short film), 1939
  • World Windows, 1939
  • Peasant Island (short film), 1940
  • Green Girdle (short film), 1941
  • Plastic Surgery in Wartime (short film), 1941
  • Queen Cotton (short film), 1941
  • Western Isles (short film), 1941
  • Border Weave (short film), 1942
  • Colour in Clay (short film), 1942
  • (With Claude Friese-Greene) The Great Mr. Handel, Midfilm, 1942
  • Out of the Box (short film), 1942
  • This Is Colour (short film), 1942
  • Scottish Mazurka (short film), 1943
  • (With others) Steel (short film), 1944
  • The Western Approaches (also known as The Raider), 1944
  • (With Frederick A. Young, Robert Krasker, and Jack Hildyard) Caesar and Cleopatra, Eagle Lion, 1946
  • Stairway to Heaven (also known as A Matter of Life and Death), Universal, 1946
  • Black Narcissus, General Films Distributors, 1947
  • The Red Shoes, Eagle Lion/Rank, 1948
  • (With others) Scott of the Antarctic, Eagle Lion/Pyramid, 1949
  • (With Paul Beeson, Ian Craig, David McNeilly, and Jack Haste) Under Capricorn, Warner Bros., 1949
  • The Black Rose, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950
  • Montmartre (short film), 1950
  • The African Queen, United Artists, 1951
  • Montmartre Nocturne (short film), 1951
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Paris (short film), 1951
  • It Started in Paradise, General Films Distributors, 1952
  • The Magic Box, British Lion, 1952
  • The Master of Ballantrae, Warner Bros, 1953
  • The Barefoot Contessa (also known as La contessa scalza), United Artists, 1954
  • Crossed Swords (also known as Il maestro di Don Giovanni),United Artists, 1954
  • The Brave One, RKO Radio Pictures, 1956
  • (With Aldo Tonti) War and Peace (also known as Guerra e pace), Paramount, 1956
  • The Big Money, 1956, Lopert, 1962
  • Legend of the Lost (also known as Timbuctu), United Artists, 1957
  • The Prince and the Showgirl, Warner Bros., 1957
  • The Vikings, United Artists, 1958
  • (With William C. Mellor) The Diary of Anne Frank, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • The Journey, 1959
  • Fanny, Warner Bros., 1961
  • Dark of the Sun (also known as The Mercenaries), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • The Girl on a Motorcycle (also known as Naked under Leather), Claridge, 1968
  • Scalawag (also known as Protuva and Un magnifico ceffo di galera), Paramount, 1973
  • Ride a Wild Pony (also known as Born to Run), Buena Vista,1976
  • Behind the Iron Mask (also known as The Fifth Musketeer andDas Geheimnis der eisernen maske), Columbia, 1977
  • Crossed Swords (also known as The Prince and the Pauper), Warner Bros., 1978
  • Death on the Nile, Paramount, 1978
  • Avalanche Express, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • A Man, a Woman, and a Bank (also known as A Very Big Withdrawal), Avco-Embassy, 1979
  • The Awakening, Warner Bros., 1980
  • The Dogs of War, United Artists, 1980
  • Ghost Story, Universal, 1981
  • The Wicked Lady, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Conan the Destroyer, Universal, 1984
  • Scandalous, Orion, 1984
  • Cat's Eye (also known as Stephen King's Cat's Eye), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Rambo: First Blood, Part II, TriStar, 1985
  • Tai-Pan, 1986
  • Million Dollar Mystery (also known as Money Mania), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987
  • Call from Space, Showscan, 1989
  • The Magic Balloon, Showscan, 1990
  • Short documentary films for the "World Window" series include ArabianBazaar, Delhi, The Eternal Fire, Indian Temples, Jerusalem, Jungle, Petra, A Road in India, RiverThames--Yesterday, Rome Symphony (also known as Sinfonia di Roma), Ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek, The Sacred Ganges, A Village in India, and Wanderers of the Desert, all between 1937 and1940.
  • Camera Operator
  • Brewster's Millions, 1935
  • The Ghost Goes West, 1935
  • Honeymoon for Three, 1935
  • As You Like It, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • The Coronation of King George VI, 1936
  • (And special effects camera operator) The Man Who Could Work Miracles, 1936
  • Things to Come, 1936
  • Dark Journey (also known as The Anxious Years), 1937
  • Knight without Armour (also known as Knight without Armor),1937
  • The Four Feathers, 1939
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (also known as The Adventures of Colonel Blimp and Colonel Blimp), 1943
  • Conan the Destroyer, Universal, 1984
  • Film Appearances
  • My Son, My Son, 1918
  • Billy's Rose, 1922
  • The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1923
  • Tiptoes, 1927
  • Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland, 1965
  • A Profile of "Black Narcissus," Carlton International Media, 2000
  • A Profile of "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," Carlton International Media, 2000
  • A Profile of "The Red Shoes," Carlton Films, 2000
  • We Get to Win This Time, Artisan Entertainment, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Cinematographer; Miniseries
  • The Far Pavilions (also known as Blade of Steel and Palast der Winde), HBO, 1984
  • The Last Days of Pompeii, ABC, 1984
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • A Matter of Michael & Emeric, 1977
  • Glorious Technicolor, 1998
  • The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty, Arts and Entertainment,1998
  • Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love, Channel 4, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With others) The Girl on a Motorcycle (also known as Naked under Leather), Claridge, 1968
  • Nonfiction
  • Magic Hour: The Life of a Cameraman (autobiography), 1996
  • Author of another autobiography, published in 1975. Contributor to periodicals, including American Cinematographer, Cinematographe, Screen International, and Time Out.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists, St. James Press, 1996

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