Okay, so it’s not a major TV series finale…

…And there’s absolutely no doubt that the most important documentary to debut at this year’s just wrapped Cannes Film Festival was Charles Ferguson’s Wall Street/Washington expose, “Inside Job.” Nevertheless, this film geek can’t resist running the trailer for what sounds like a perfectly great documentary about one of the greatest men to ever hold the title “Cameraman.”

What can you say about the man who shot several of the most dazzling, visually groundbreaking films every made, including the ultimate ballet film, “The Red Shoes” and whose resume also includes “Rambo: First Blood 2”?

David Hudson had the scoop and gets a mega h/t for the trailer on this. Just a little bit more of the work of Jack Cardiff after the flip.

Though his resume was huge and stretched back to uncredited work on the original “King Kong” in 1933 and on into the 21st century, Cardiff’s most best known work was on the films he made during the 1940s with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, who are still not as famous as they should be. Powell was a director who was, in his way, every bit the equal — at least — of such contemporaries as David Lean and Alfred Hitchcock. With Hungarian-born screenwriter Emeric Pressburger, he made some of the most entertaining, beautiful, and occasionally rather weird films to ever be made for a mainstream audience. Cardiff’s brilliance with color was the perfect complement to the baroque tendencies of “the Archers,” as Powell and Pressburger marketed themselves. I think you can get some idea of his brilliance with British Technicolor (which differed slightly from the U.S. kind) from the trailers below.

For more on Mr. Cardiff, see Sheila Johnston at the Arts Desk. and what I wrote when he passed away at age 94 in April of 2009.

  

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