"I went to about 300 schools in my youth and learnt practically nothing."
Jack Cardiff was the subject of an inspiring documentary I saw recently on Turner Classic Movies. The cinematographer on such films as Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death and Black Narcissus, he appreciated working and also participated in movies such as Conan the Destroyer and Rambo First Blood, Part II. His career was long, having started as a child actor in silent films. He was mainly self taught, and his love of fine art steered him in his career as a cinematographer. He also did some directing, but he was a master of the camera and returned there, working into his 90s.
The documentary didn't delve into his private life, but I got the impression of an intelligent man, one who I would have loved to have talked with. Have you ever played the game where you ask which six guests (anyone who ever lived in the history of the world) you would invite to a dinner party?
Jack Cardiff is on the list.
Who's on yours?