Jack Hildyard

Jack Hildyard, B.S.C. (17 March 1908, London—September 1990, London) was a British cinematographer who worked on more than 80 films during his career. He made several films with David Lean including The Sound Barrier (1952) and Hobson's Choice (1954), as well as Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and the British Society of Cinematographers Award. His first film was Freedom of the Seas in 1934, as a focus-puller, before working as camera operator on films for Leslie Howard and others, including Pygmalion, The Divorce of Lady X and Pimpernel Smith. His first film as cinematographer was Laurence Olivier's 1944 film Henry V, an adaptation of the Shakespearean history. This gave him invaluable experience of colour cinematography and his subsequent films made him one of the most sought after cameramen in England. His other films included Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Anastasia (1956), The Sundowners (1960), 55 Days at Peking (1963), Battle of the Bulge (film) (1965), Casino Royale (1967) and The Wild Geese (1978).


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