GREAT CINEMATOGRAPHERS


#1: "The Message" [1976]

#2: With Katherine Hepburn - "Summer Madness" [1954]

 

   


JACK HILDYARD

 

Born: 17 March 1908, London, UK.

Died: September 1990, London, UK.

Career: Entered film industry in 1932 as clapper boy at Elstree Studios. Became c.op in 1937.

Was one of the founding members of the BSC.

His brother David [1916-2008] was a sound recordist/mixer.

Appeared in the doc 'The Making of an Epic: Mohammad Messenger of God' [1976; prod: Geoffrey Helman; ph: Nic Knowland, Mike Delaney & Geoff Mulligan; 45m].

Awards: 'Oscar' AA [1957] & BSC Award [1958] for 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1964] for 'The V.I.P.s'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1965] for 'The Yellow Rolls-Royce'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1967] for 'Modesty Blaise'; BSC Lifetime Achievement Award [1990].



Jack Hildyard's filmography proves two adages - that a cameraman in usually no better than his director, and that most cameramen will accept any weird assignment so long as it's set in some exotic location. Thus, the fascinatingly mixed bunch of films below, a tribute to Hildyard's stamina, both physical and aesthetic. It would be in character if he celebrates his 70th birthday with an on-the-spot reconstruction of warfare in the Sumatra jungles. [Bob Baker in 'Film Dope', #24, March 1982.]


 

 FILMS

1944

Caesar and Cleopatra [Gabriel Pascal] c; cph: Jack Cardiff (ext ph Egypt), Robert Krasker & Freddie Young

1945

The Way to the Stars/Johnny in the Clouds [Anthony Asquith] b&w; co-2uc; ph: Derick Williams

1946

School for Secrets/Secret Flight [Peter Ustinov] b&w; sfx ph: Harry Waxman & John Howell

1947

While the Sun Shines [Anthony Asquith] b&w

1947

The First Gentleman/Affairs of a Rogue [Alberto Cavalcanti] b&w

1947

Vice Versa [Peter Ustinov] b&w

1948

Sleeping Car to Trieste [John Paddy Carstairs] b&w

1948

Cardboard Cavalier [Walter Forde] b&w

1949

The Perfect Woman [Bernard Knowles] b&w

1949

The Chiltern Hundreds/The Amazing Mr. Beecham [John Paddy Carstairs] b&w

1949

The Reluctant Widow/The Inheritance [Bernard Knowles] b&w

1950

Tony Draws a Horse [John Paddy Carstairs] b&w

1950

The Dancing Fleece [Frederick Wilson] 16mm/c; comm short/20m; prod Crown Film Unit

1951

Talk of a Million/You Can't Beat the Irish [John Paddy Carstairs] b&w

 

[Far right] with Yvonne De Carlo, dir Ken Annakin [back to cam] and Albert Lieven

"Hotel Sahara"

 

1951

Hotel Sahara [Ken Annakin] b&w

1951

Home at Seven/Murder on Monday [Ralph Richardson] b&w; cph: Ted Scaife

1952

Edinburgh [David Eady] c; doc/18m; cph: Stanley Grant

 

[Left] with c.op Denys Coop [?] and dir David Lean - "The Sound Barrier"

 

1952

The Sound Barrier/Breaking the Sound Barrier [David Lean] b&w; aph: John Wilcox, Jo Jago & Peter Newbrook

1952

Folly to Be Wise [Frank Launder] b&w

1953

The Heart of the Matter [George More O'Ferrall] b&w

 

 

1953

Hobson's Choice [David Lean] b&w

1954

The Green Scarf [George More O'Ferrall] b&w

1954

The Teckman Mystery [Wendy Toye] b&w

1954

Summer Madness/Summertime [David Lean] c

1955

The Deep Blue Sea [Anatole Litvak] cs/c

1955

The March Hare [George More O'Ferrall] cs/c

1955

Charley Moon [Guy Hamilton] c

1956

Anastasia [Anatole Litvak] cs/c

1956

The Living Idol [Albert Lewin & René Cardona] cs/c

 

Betty Forster - JH - c.op Peter Newbrook - c.asst Gerry Fisher

"The Bridge on the River Kwai"

 

1956

The Bridge on the River Kwai [David Lean] cs/c; filmed 1956-57

1957

The Gypsy and the Gentleman [Joseph Losey] c

1957

Another Time, Another Place [Lewis Allen] vv/b&w

1958

The Journey [Anatole Litvak] c; 2uc: John (von) Kotze

1958

The Devil's Disciple [Guy Hamilton] b&w

1959

Jet Storm/Killing Urge [Cy Endfield] b&w

 

#1: [Right] with actor Montgomery Clift - "Suddenly, Last Summer"

#2: With actress Elizabeth Taylor

 

1959

Suddenly, Last Summer [Joseph L. Mankiewicz] b&w; spec pfx: Tom Howard

1959

The Sundowners [Fred Zinnemann] c; 2uc: Skeets Kelly

1960

The Millionairess [Anthony Asquith] cs/c

1960

Cleopatra [Rouben Mamoulian] abandoned; some footage used in final version (1963; ph: Leon Shamroy)

1961

The Road to Hong Kong [Norman Panama] b&w

 

With Ava Gardner - "55 Days at Peking"

 

1962

55 Days at Peking [Nicholas Ray; (uncred; finished film) Guy Green & Andrew Marton] str/c; 2uc: Manuel Berenguer

1962

Live Now - Pay Later [Jay Lewis] b&w

1962

The Valley of the Fallen/El valle de los Caídos [Andrew Marton] ?; short/20m; prod by the Samuel Bronston Studios

1963

The V.I.P.s/International Hotel [Anthony Asquith] p/c; 2uc: Douglas Adamson

1963

Circus World/The Magnificent Showman [Henry Hathaway] str70/c; 2uc: Claude Renoir; spec pfx: Linwood G. Dunn

1964

The Yellow Rolls-Royce [Anthony Asquith] p/c; 2uc: Douglas Adamson

1965

Battle of the Bulge [Ken Annakin] up70/c; 2uc: John Cabrera; aph: Jack Willoughby

1965

Modesty Blaise [Joseph Losey] c; Amsterdam loc ph: Davis Boulton

1966

Casino Royale [John Huston, Kenneth Hughes, Val Guest, Robert Parrish & Joseph McGrath] p/c; addph: Nicolas Roeg & John Wilcox

1967

The Long Duel [Ken Annakin] p/c; 2uc: John Cabrera

1968

Villa Rides! [Buzz Kulik] p/c; 2uc: John Cabrera

1968

Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [Saul Swimmer] p/c

1968

Hard Contract [S. Lee Pogostin] p/c; spec pfx: L.B. Abbott & Art Cruickshank

1968

Topaz [Alfred Hitchcock] c; ph cons: Hal Mohr; spec pfx: Albert Whitlock

1970

Puppet on a Chain [Geoffrey Reeve & (add scenes/boat chase) Don Sharp] c; 2uc: Skeets Kelly

1971

The Playroom [Ken Annakin] abandoned with 5 days shooting to go

1972

Stuffy Old Bank [Ronald Spencer] 16mm/c; comm doc/11m; for Barclays Bank

1972

Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff?/Servizio di scorta/Blue Movie Blackmail/Mafia Junction/Super Bitch [Massimo Dallamano] c

1973

My Word is My Bond [Ronald Spencer] c; comm doc/17m

1973

The Last Chapter [David Tringham] c; short/29m

1973

The Beast Must Die/Black Werewolf [Paul Annett] c

1976

Emily/The Awakening of Emily [Henry Herbert] c

1976

al-Risâlah [Moustapha Akkad] c; 170m

 

 

1976

The Message/Mohammed, Messenger of God [Moustapha Akkad] p/c; spec pfx: Said Bakr & Ibrahim Salem; English version (177m) of 'al-Risâlah'

1976

Not Now, Comrade [Harold Snoad & Ray Cooney] c

1977

The Wild Geese [Andrew V. McLaglen] c; 2uc: Dudley Lovell; spph: Tony Braun

1979

[Omar Mukhtar:] Lion of the Desert [Moustapha Akkad] p/c

1981

al-Mas'ala Al-Kubra/Clash of Loyalties [Mohamed Shukri Jameel] c; addph: Majid Kamel

 

 TELEVISION

1973

Mousey [Daniel Petrie] tvm; released theatrically as 'Cat and Mouse'

1976

Beauty and the Beast [Fielder Cook] tvm; cph: Paul Beeson; ep #238 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1983

The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood [Ray Austin] tvm

1984

Ellis Island [Jerry London] 3-part miniseries; cph: Ennio Guarnieri & Dudley Lovell

1984

Florence Nightingale [Daryl Duke] tvm

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1934

Freedom of the Seas [Marcel Varnel] focus puller; ph: Otto Kanturek

1937

Over the Moon [Thornton Freeland & (uncred) William K. Howard] ph: Harry Stradling Sr.; released in 1939

1937

The Divorce of Lady X [Tim Whelan] ph: Harry Stradling Sr.

1938

Pygmalion [Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard] ph: Harry Stradling Sr.

1938

The Mikado [- The Town of Titipu] [Victor Schertzinger] co-c.op; ph: Bernard Knowles & William V. Skall

1939

French Without Tears [Anthony Asquith] ph: Bernard Knowles

1940

Spy for a Day/Live and Let Live [Mario Zampi] ph: Bernard Knowles

1940

Major Barbara [Gabriel Pascal] ph: Ronald Neame & (loc ph) Freddie Young

1941

'Pimpernel' Smith/Mister V/The Fighting Pimpernel [Leslie Howard] ph: Mutz Greenbaum

1941

A Yank in the R.A.F. [Henry King] co-c.op 2u; 2uc: Ronald Neame; ph: Leon Shamroy

1942

The First of the Few/Spitfire [Leslie Howard] ph: Georges Périnal

1942

Thunder Rock [Roy Boulting] ph: Mutz Greenbaum

1942

Squadron Leader X. [Lance Comfort] ph: Mutz Greenbaum

1943

The Flemish Farm [Jeffrey Dell] ph: Eric Cross

1943

Escape to Danger [Lance Comfort & Victor Hanbury] ph: Guy Green

1943

The Lamp Still Burns [Maurice Elvey] ph: Robert Krasker

1943

The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France/Henry V [Laurence Olivier] ph: Robert Krasker