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Review: 'Cameraman' Is A Warm Tribute To A Genius Visualist

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 12, 2011 6:40 AM
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So you're at a bar, nearly exceeding your alcohol tolerance, when suddenly you find yourself in a conversation with an elder. Chalk it up to liquor-induced time traveling, but however the talk began is of no importance because this charmer is full of exceeding knowledge and incredible stories. Now imagine this intelligent, seen-it-all storyteller was actually the late Jack Cardiff, cinematographer of "War and Peace," "The Red Shoes," "Black Narcissus," and "The African Queen" just to name a few. Quite a night for a film fanatic, huh? While this ever happening is certainly out of the question, Craig McCall's "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" is not only as close to the real thing as you'll ever get, but much better, complete with clips and guest interviewees such as Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas to enrich the intimate conversation.

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