Behind the Scenes: The African Queen (1951)

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In the early 1950’s, Hollywood studio pictures did not make it a habit of trekking bulky Technicolor cameras into the world’s remote regions to shoot star-studded romantic adventure movies. But in 1951, that’s exactly what director John Huston did when he filmed a hefty portion of The African Queen on location in the Belgian Congo and Uganda. (continue for more photos) Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: Cinematographer Jack Cardiff

Behind the Scenes Still: Cinematographer Jack Cardiff

Jack Cardiff’s career spanned eight decades and included everything from classics The Red Shoes (1948) and The African Queen (1951) to not-quite-classics Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

This still from the documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) shows why operators weren’t all that eager to do handheld work in the 1930s.