Jack Cardiff, the first cinematographer to win an honourary Oscar. From his beginnings as a child actor, to his time as a cameraman, from his directorial outings to his late work as a cinematographer, Cardiff lived and breathed cinema in a way that was so obvious in all of his works. This documentary gives a rapid run-through of his career, and some wonderful insights into a truly cinematic mind. The paltry runtime of just over 80 minutes scarcely does justice to the volume of amazing material and the plethora of inspiring stories contained in Cardiff's life. His work with the late, great Michael Powell is covered in great detail, as is his love of painting and how it affected his skill in lighting, we also receive a wonderful series of anecdotes on some of the greatest stars ever to have lived: Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, they all appear and play a part in his life at some point. Many more aspects of his career, notably his directing (which spanned over a dozen titles) are passed by quickly, albeit accompanied by great plaudits from Martin Scorsese (who contributes significantly to the film). Luckily, the extras on the DVD have some remedy for this. A short piece about the relationship between cinematographer and director delves further, in an abstract way, into the issues faced by a man whose genius is best remembered in his camera roles rather than directorial ones; and the extent of that genius is further explained in another extra that looks at the art of working with three strip technicolour. These extras serve to highlight what is perhaps the best aspect of this film. That is how it manages to use the exceptional life of Jack Cardiff, and his exceptional work, as a vibrant piece of film history. Each anecdote, each excerpt from his work, and each word in his interviews is an invaluable and exciting insight into the innovations, and the labours of love, that made cinema what it is today. Cameraman: The Life and Works of Jack Cardiff is available on DVD now.