Oscar-winning film-maker Jack Cardiff dies aged 94

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM EST

Oscar-winning British cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who was also nominated as a director, died aged 94 on Wednesday, the British Film Institute (BFI) said.

Cardiff won his cinematography Oscar for the 1947 film "Black Narcissus", which was directed by the legendary duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Cardiff received two more nominations in the same category for "War and Peace" in 1956 and "Fanny" in 1961.

As a director, he was Oscar-nominated for his 1960 adaptation of D H Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers".

Cardiff died at around 1:30 am (0030 GMT) after a short illness, his family told the BFI.

"Jack Cardiff was a legend," said BFI Director Amanda Nevill.

"He was a world-class cinematographer who pioneered the techniques of shooting in Technicolor.

"He made a unique contribution to some of the greatest films ever made."

Cardiff is survived by his wife Nikki and their son Mason, as well as sons John, Rodney and Peter from a previous marriage.




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