Not only was Cardiff an early pioneer of Technicolor cinematography in the UK --
-- not only was he responsible for the unfathomably ravishing photography on such films as Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's hallucinatory triptych:
-- Richard Fleischer's striking THE VIKINGS (1958) --
-- Arthur Lubin's other-worldly PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN --
-- and John Huston's very down-to-earth THE AFRICAN QUEEN (both 1951) --
-- not only did he direct such enjoyable and disparate entertainments such as:
-- the jazzy, fever-dream erotic masterpiece GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (1968) --
-- and the quintessential mad botanist sci-fi horror film, THE MUTATIONS (1973) --
-- Jack Cardiff was also a man who was never afraid to kill a dummy.
DESTRUCTIBLE MAN will be paying tribute to Jack Cardiff in the coming days with the in-depth examination of the dummy-deaths in three of his most extraordinary films as director:
R.I.P. Jack Cardiff
This death was of no dummy.
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