Thursday 7 November 2013

The adventures of Douglas Slocombe

Douglas Slocombe was the Director of Photography on some 80 films, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Blue Max (1966), The Lion in Winter (1968), The Italian Job (1969), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), The Lady Vanishes (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He was nominated for an Academy Award three times, and for a BAFTA ten times, winning three BAFTAs.

He was raised in France, but returned to the UK in 1933, where he became a freelance journalist and photographer. Footage he shot in Poland and Amsterdam was used in Herbert Kline's documentary Lights Out in Europe (1940).

Here is a short documentary tracing his remarkable career.

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