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June 24, 2015

18 Wonderful Photos of Marilyn Monroe Taken by Jack Cardiff in 1956

These wonderful portraits of Marilyn Monroe were taken by Jack Cardiff during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956.
“All the stars I photographed had some kind of facial flaw which a badly placed light would disclose, or emphasize, and Marilyn was no exception—although she was as near-perfect as any cameraman could wish for. She had a classically sound bone structure; her cornflower-blue eyes were the right distance apart, and her full mouth was perfectly formed.”

Jack Cardiff (1914–2009) was one of the most honored and admired cameramen of the 20th century — the first cinematographer to be awarded an honorary Oscar (in 2000) for his life’s work. Cardiff invented new ways to use the camera to create Technicolor masterpieces such as The Red Shoes.

He spent 90 years in the movie business. As a cinematographer he worked with such directors as Michael Powell, Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston. Martin Scorsese, who is a huge fan, told that all those films with illustrious directors have a look that belongs uniquely to Cardiff.

Cardiff won an Oscar for the lush, atmospheric color and light he created for the 1947 film Black Narcissus. In 2000 he was awarded an OBE and in 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinema.

Jack Cardiff’s work is reviewed in the documentary film: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010).




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