Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. Jack described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical life in pantomime and vaudeville. His father once worked with Charles Chaplin. His parents did occasional film appearances, and fit young Jack in at times such as in My Son, My Son (1918) at the age of four. He had the lead in Billy’s Rose (1922) with his parents playing his character’s parents in the film. Jack was a production runner, or what he would call a “general gopher” for The Informer (1929) in which his father appeared. For one scene he was asked by the first assistant cameraman to “follow focus” which he said was his first real brush with photography of any kind, but he claimed that it was the lure of travel that led to him joining a camera department making films in a studio… read more
Underrated adventure classic is an action-packed African adventure. Strong characters - including an excellent, cynical central performance by Rod Taylor - taut suspense, and explosive action sequences make it great adrenaline-soaked entertainment, but it also takes time to take things deeper. Great Morricone-esque score by Jacques Loussier. A true classic that deserves to be better known.