Thursday, August 29, 2013

Douglas Slocombe - Behind the Camera

I came across this great interview with legendary British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, "Douglas Slocombe - Behind the Camera", from BBC2 and produced, directed and filmed by Richard Blanshard.

Slocombe turned 100 this year (2013) and is one of the real giants in his field. His career dates back to the early 1940s, including work for Britain's iconic Ealing comedies. Perhaps the best-known film he lensed during that phase of his career was Robert Hamer's landmark black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), with Alec Guinness. At the opposite end of his career, in the 1980s, Slocombe brought his considerable talents and strong visual sense to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy. The final entry in that series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) was also Slocombe's final film as a cinematographer.

This interview provides fascinating insight into this living legend and exceptionally talented artist whose name is perhaps not always as well known as it should be to film enthusiasts.

Douglas Slocombe - Behind the Camera from BSC on Vimeo.

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