Douglas Slocombe

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Douglas Slocombe, BSC, ASC
Born (1913-02-10) 10 February 1913 (age 101)
London, England
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1940–89

Douglas Slocombe OBE, BSC, ASC (born 10 February 1913) is a British cinematographer. His 84 feature films[1] span over 47 years.

His early films as cinematographer included several classic Ealing comedies, notably Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953).

He has been nominated for an Academy Award on three occasions, for Travels with My Aunt (1973), Julia (1977), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He also won the BAFTA Award for best cinematography for The Servant (1963), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Julia, and was nominated for Guns at Batasi (1964), The Blue Max (1966), The Lion in Winter (1968), Travels with My Aunt (1973), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Rollerball (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

He has also won the British Society of Cinematographers Award five times, and was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.[2]

In addition to his nominated and award-winning pictures, Slocombe has been praised for his vision and his creative cinematography for such films as Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948), Freud: The Secret Passion (1962), The L-Shaped Room (1962), Robbery (1967), Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), The Italian Job (1969), The Music Lovers (1970), The Buttercup Chain (1970), Murphy's War (1971), The Maids (1974), Caravans (1978), Nijinsky (1980), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Personal life[edit]

Slocombe, whose sight has been failing for many years, currently lives in West London with his daughter,[3] his only child. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. Slocombe features in a book entitled Conversations with Cinematographers (2011) by David A. Ellis, published by American publisher Scarecrow Press. He turned 100 in February 2013.[1][4]


Academy Awards


Saturn Awards

  • Winner Best Cinematography – Rollerball (1975)

American Society of Cinematographers

  • Winner International Award (2002)

British Society of Cinematographers

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

  • Winner Best Cinematography – Julia (1977)

Selected filmography[edit]


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