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Also Known As: Died: March 17, 2007
Born: December 22, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cinematography ...


"Although I love working, I won't work on a film unless I meet with the director and realize that he really wants me to do his movie. I have an arrangement with my agent that if anybody asks me to do a film, first of all, obviously we demand to see the script. Secondly, my agent asks if they are seeing anybody else in connection with this movie. If they say yes, he says, 'Well, Freddie doesn't want to do it.' I'm not saying every director has to have me on his movie, but any director who does has got to want me and nobody else." --Freddie Francis in FILM JOURNAL, September 1996

"I'm not a camerman. I'm the director's collaborator. Another thing, a corny old thing I keep saying, but about which I'm very sincere, is that there are three kinds of photography in movies. There's good photography, bad photography, and there's the right photography. Sometimes, to do the right photography you have to do what is almost, to a dyed-in-the-wool cameraman, bad photography . . . Sometimes you have to tone down your approach to become a collaborator on the movie." --Freddie Francis in FILM JOURNAL, September 1996

"I suppose I can say I slightly regret all the horror things I directed, but I didn't regret them at the time, because I enjoyed making them . . . To be quite honest, the standard of films I've photographed, both in terms of quality and money spent, are very different from the films I've directed. If I could direct some films with the same budgets as those I've photographed, I'd prefer directing. But I realize how lucky I was to have two hats to wear." --Francis in FILM JOURNAL, September 1996

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