January 2, 2017


Jack Hildyard (1908-1998) b. London, England.

Jack Hildyard

British cinematographer’s Jack Hildyard entered the film industry as a 17-year-old clapper boy at Elstree Studios in 1932. Hildyard then became camera operator in 1937, distinguishing himself in the Technicolor field with such films as The Divorce of Lady X (1938) and Henry V (1945). A full lighting cameraman from Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) onward, Hildyard worked predominantly for Rank and then British Lion before moving to Hollywood in 1957. Hildyard was closely associated with director David Lean on The Sound Barrier (1952), Hobson’s Choice (1954), Summertime (1955) and won an Oscar for his work on the epic Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). He continued working as a cinematographer until retiring from big screen productions after the historic Middle East films Lion of the Desert (1980) and Clash of Loyalties (1983).

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