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Douglas Slocombe

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: February 10
Date of passing: 
February 22, 2016

Douglas Slocombe was a British cinematographer best known for his work on the first three Indiana Jones films. He was nominated for three Oscars: for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg’s first Indiana Jones film; Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave; and Travels with My Aunt, directed by George Cukor and starring Maggie Smith.

Slocombe also worked on the films The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins; Freud, starring Montgomery Clift; Promise Her Anything, with Warren Beatty and Leslie Caron; Boom!, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine; Murphy’s War, starring Peter O’Toole; The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow; and one James Bond film, 1983’s Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery and Kim Basinger.

Additionally, Slocombe contributed to one television movie, 1975’s Love Among the Ruins, starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. The telefilm followed the story of an aging actress who is being sued, and in turn hires a lawyer who is also her ex-lover. It was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, and won six, including Oilvier for lead actor, Hepburn for lead actress and director George Cukor.

Douglas Slocombe was a British cinematographer best known for his work on the first three Indiana Jones films. He was nominated for three Oscars: for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg’s first Indiana Jones film; Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave; and Travels with My Aunt, directed by George Cukor and starring Maggie Smith.

Slocombe also worked on the films The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins; Freud, starring Montgomery Clift; Promise Her Anything, with Warren Beatty and Leslie Caron; Boom!, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine; Murphy’s War, starring Peter O’Toole; The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow; and one James Bond film, 1983’s Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery and Kim Basinger.

Additionally, Slocombe contributed to one television movie, 1975’s Love Among the Ruins, starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. The telefilm followed the story of an aging actress who is being sued, and in turn hires a lawyer who is also her ex-lover. It was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, and won six, including Oilvier for lead actor, Hepburn for lead actress and director George Cukor.

Prior to becoming a cinematographer, Slocombe was a photojournalist, and was witness to the German invasions of Poland and Holland. His footage was used in Herbert Kline’s 1940 documentary Lights Out in Europe, about the prelude to World War II. After returning to England, Slocombe worked on newsreels and propaganda films for Britain's Ministry of Information.

He was also nominated for 11 BAFTA Film Awards, winning three, for the feature films The Servant, The Great Gatsby and Julia.

Slocombe died February 22, 2016, in London, England. He was 103.

 

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