Magic Hour

Magic Hour The Most Celebrated Director Of Colour Photography Tells The Story Of His Adventures In Celluloid The Magic Hour Is The Special Light That Occurs Just At Twilight, And A Very Special Light Is What Cameraman Jack Cardiff Brought To Films Such As The Red Shoes, The African Queen, And Black Narcissus For Which He Won An Oscar In Magic Hour Jack Cardiff Details The Adventures Of His Life On Tour On The Music Hall Circuit With His Parents Acting In Silent Films Being Chosen By Technicolor As The First British Cameraman To Be Trained In Colour Photography Filming With British Convoys In The Atlantic During World War II His Big Break When Michael Powell Asked Him To Photograph A Matter Of Life And Death His Rambunctious Expolits With Errol Flynn And His Triumph At The Cannes Film Festival As The Director Of Sons And LoversAs A Master Of Light, Cardiff Came To Photograph Some Of The Most Beautiful Women In Cinema History Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn And Ava Gardner, To Name But A FewCardiff S Bold And Imaginative Photography Enhanced Not Only The Work Of Powell And Pressburger, But Also That Of Alfred Hitchcock And John Huston Told With Modesty And Charm, Magic Hour Is The Personal Journey Of An Extraordinary Craftsman Of Cinema

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Magic Hour
  • Jack Cardiff
  • English
  • 04 March 2019
  • 9780571192748

10 thoughts on “Magic Hour

  1. says:

    Jack Cardiff was one of the great cinematographers, a beacon within the British film industry His memoirs, I figured, would illuminate some of his techniques it does while also spilling the beans on the directors and stars with whom he worked it does Therefore, this was a book I eagerly waited as it marched up my collection funnel I became a chain readera golden chain of enthralling links that hooked me securely on subject after subject.Cardiff started his career as a young boy and simply worked his way up from there Instead of university, he would read and read and read, which provided him with a curiosity that others in his profession may have lacked When Technicolor visited London to find and train one lucky cameraman, Cardiff won the job, not through memorized technical statistics but as the only applicant who used old master and impressionist paintings as his film guidelines He would eventually become a director himself, the pinnacle for his profession It is one thing to read a book about King Agamemnon and Mycenae, but to actually be there, before the still extant walls of the great palace to stand on the hilltop and see columns of Agamemnon s soldiers coming toward us I swear I saw them or at the famous Lion s Gate through which Agamemnon s chariot would have swept, was awesome.I loved Cardiff s excitement at new locations, new hotels, new actors It carried over to the printed page and allowed me to understand how he could come up with solutions to unexpected problems Towards the end of the book, he devotes entire chapters to Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn All of it kept me enthralled, mostly because Jack Cardiff worked in the golden era, long before digital paralysis made movies boring.Good stuff, highly recommended for anyone who wants to pursue a career in cinema or the lazier ones, like me, who would prefer to read about it all.Book Season Year Round highest branch

  2. says:

    I think in life it s fitting to find at least one book that will function as your working bible in relation to the profession that you are aiming to embark upon Mentors can be found within pages of these bibles autobiographical books that tell the stories of great craftsmen who yearn to educate and share the joys of their lives and their experiences These books have the ability to cling to the mind, like a great love, and remain a constant source of inspiration.Magic Hour is my literary bible, and I would recommend it to anyone I can guarantee that even if your interest in cinematography is limited, you will walk away after reading with a new appreciation for the subject There is an artistry in Jack Cardiff s writing that breathes life and colour perhaps as much as his films Magic Hour is breathtaking, with a foreword from Martin Scorsese, who describes the colouring in Cardiff s films as that which is so vivid and richly imagined that you can virtually taste it Cardiff gives an insight to his evolution as a cinematographer, from his humble beginnings all the way up to his cinematic Hollywood conquests Jack Cardiff has always been a source of inspiration for me a working kindred spirit, and reading Magic Hour has only reaffirmed this.

  3. says:

    An awesome autobiography from one of the greatest cinematographers in the history of film Despite coming across as almost congenitally humble, Jack Cardiff carved for himself an extraordinary career and peppered it with touching and memorable interludes with some of the biggest names in film, including Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren and many More than just a director of photography, I feel that Cardiff was actually the last great Impressionist of the 20th century his medium just happened to be celluloid instead of oil on canvas And, for what it s worth, he was also an accomplished oil on canvas painter too.

  4. says:

    Interesting memoir from Jack Cardiff on his life in movies from the early days as a clapperboard operator to senior cameraman and director.Detailed insights particularly on the difficulty of shooting The African Queen and his personal friendships with Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren.There is a slight tendency for some of the stories to be a little like.and then I met Frank Sinatraand then I met Jean Cocteau.and then I met David O Selznick..

  5. says:

    Great anecdotes about the early days of British cinema and also on the stars I remember Cardiff writes beautiful personal anecdotes about Marilyn, Loren and Heburn Lots of interesting stuff about The Red Shoes too.

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