The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, whose ravishing Technicolor compositions graced the Powell and Pressburger tours de force Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, died last year at the age of ninety-four. Now the British Film Institute is celebrating the “man who rewrote the book on color cinematography” (Ian Christie on the BFI website) with a retrospective running through May 31, and featuring thirteen films shot by Cardiff, a new documentary about his life directed by Craig McCall, and a special illustrated survey of his career conducted by Christie. It’s a rare chance to experience Cardiff’s craftsmanship—which can also be seen in works by Hitchcock, Huston, and Olivier—on the big screen, the way he intended. If you’ll be in the London area and are interested in tickets, click here.