Douglas Slocombe, the cinematographer on Steven Spielberg’s first three Indiana Jones films, has died. He was 103. His family told Agence France-Presse he died this morning in London. A three-time Oscar nominee, he won three BAFTA Awards among 11 nominations — including as DP on 1974’s The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. His credits also include such iconic pics as Rollerball, Julia with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave and The Lion In Winter with Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
Slocombe started out as a photojournalist for Life magazine and Paris-Match, and was in Danzig in Poland in 1939 ahead of the Nazi invasion. His footage that was part of the documentary short Lights Out In Europe, about the events leading to World War II. He later told the BBC he was able to escape from Poland into Latvia via horse and cart. The network credited him with filming the start of the war.
After the war, the London-born Slocombe was a cameraman in what was known as the Ealing comedies in the UK in the 1940s and ’50s. His first DP job was on Ealing’s Dead Of Night in 1945. After departing the studio, he divided his time between the UK and the U.S., winning his three BAFTAs — for The Servant (1963), Great Gatsby (1974) and Julia (1977).
He worked with directors including multiple times with Norman Jewison (Jesus Christ Superstar and Rollerball) and Trevor Nunn, but it was his collaboration with Spielberg on the Indiana Jones trilogy that cemented his legacy. He received his final Oscar nomination on 1982’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark, which took four Oscars among its nine nominations. His other Oscar noms were for Travels With My Aunt in 1973 and Julia in 1978.
He was especially prolific in the 198os, shooting The Pirates Of Penzance, the Bond pic Never Say Never Again, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Water starring Michael Caine (the last of multiple collaborations with the actor) and Nunn’s Lady Jane. His last credit was 1989’s Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
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