Sunday, 30 December 2007

Douglas Slocombe OBE

Kind Hearts and Coronets DVD coverArt had a dismal showing in the New Year Honours list. All I noticed was a belated OBE for English cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, now 94. He made his mark with the old Ealing Studios comedies, such as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and at the height of his career filmed all the Indiana Jones movies for Steven Spielberg. Rumour has it that Douglas never used a light meter on the set of Raiders Of The Lost Ark! One of the reasons the Ealing comedies have stood the test of time is the quality of his cinematography. The movie that won him the most awards was Fred Zinnemann's Julia (1977). Click the title link for his filmography.


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