Rita Hayworth and husband James Hill visit Italian actor Rossano Brazzi on set, Paris, circa 1958.
Specimen proof for ‘Capitol’ Type, designed in 1931 by K H Schaefer
distracted by Anton’s trousers: the original and the best - Zigeunerbaron
as this is my 5000th post, I thought I would do something erudite and thoughtful and you know, intelligent, something that represents the true me
this is it
Happy Birthday Jack Cardiff: 18th September 1914 - 22nd April 2009
For his inventions, imagination and sheer audacity, there has never been another colour cameraman like Jack Cardiff…Jack’s lighting and composition in Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes would have infuriated Delacroix, because he couldn’t have done any better himself, in imagination or in chiaroscuro. - Michael Powell.
You begin to see flourishes, with a camera cut, or a piece of composition, or the length of a shot; you begin to realise that he’s using the lens like brushstrokes. It’s a painting he’s made…Paintings that moved, extraordinarily, moved not only visually, but emotionally and psychologically also. - Martin Scorcese.
I wouldn’t start to dare to compare myself to what Turner did, but I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from Turner. You should be bold, and you should go out and do something that’s different and bold, and that’s the whole essence of photography in a sense. - Jack Cardiff
The best way of seeing how fabulous Jack’s work is - other than watching it of course - is to watch Cameraman (2010) Craig McCall’s documentary about him, filmed when Jack was still around and working, in the mid 2000s. Not only is is informative and entertaining, you also get to meet Jack, who is bloody lovely.
Roger Livesey, postcard from Photoplay, 1946
Day 8 of Star Wars Challenge - Best Scene: A New Hope
It’s your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic, before the dark times, before the Empire.
During the early 1940s, Jack Cardiff worked as cinematographer on a handful of ‘Information’ documentary shorts, shot in technicolor, including these, shot on locations as varied as small Scottish Islands, the many parks of London, and the Wedgewood Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
You can watch them (and lots of others) at the British Council Film website.