Douglas Slocombe dead: Indiana Jones cinematographer was 103
Douglas Slocombe, the British cinematographer whose fifty year career included landmark films with directors such as John Huston, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, and Steven Spielberg, has died in London, his family told the Agence France-Presse. He was 103.
Slocombe began his work behind the lens as a wartime cameraman during the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The last of his 84 films was Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, set during World War II. (He shot Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom as well.) In between, he photographed several classic Ealing comedies, The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts and Coronets (both starring Alec Guinness), in addition to the King Henry II drama The Lion in Winter, the F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby, the Jane Fonda/Vanessa Redgrave picture Julia, the Norman Jewison films Rollerball and Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph Losley’s The Servant.
“I’ve never worked with a DP, before or since, that didn’t use a light meter,” Spielberg said of Slocombe in 2011. Harrison Ford also recalled how Slocombe observed the shadow that his thumb made on his palm when gauging the light in a scene.
Slocombe was nominated for three Oscars but never took home a statuette. Below, check out 10 clips of Slocombe’s iconic work: