Geoffrey Unsworth


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Died
October 29, 1978
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Former camera operator who graduated to cinematographer in the mid-1940s. Unsworth demonstrated a deft command of black-and-white in films such the documentary-like "A Night to Remember" (1958) but was chiefly noted for his lush color work, particularly on period films. Unsworth won a British Film Academy award (Stella) for "Becket" (1964) and, in addition to shooting "2001: A Space Odys...

Biography

Former camera operator who graduated to cinematographer in the mid-1940s. Unsworth demonstrated a deft command of black-and-white in films such the documentary-like "A Night to Remember" (1958) but was chiefly noted for his lush color work, particularly on period films. Unsworth won a British Film Academy award (Stella) for "Becket" (1964) and, in addition to shooting "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), is credited with helping devise some of its ground-breaking special effects. Unsworth's other outstanding credits include "Cabaret" (1973), for which he won his first Oscar, and Roman Polanski's sumptuous "Tess" (1979), during the production of which he died of a heart attack. His Oscar for "Tess" was shared with Ghislain Cloquet.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Superman II (1981)
Director Of Photography
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
Director Of Photography
Tess (1979)
Director Of Photography
Superman:The Movie (1978)
Director Of Photography
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Director Of Photography
A Matter of Time (1976)
Director Of Photography
Royal Flash (1976)
Director Of Photography
The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975)
Director Of Photography
Lucky Lady (1975)
Director Of Photography
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Director Of Photography
The Internecine Project (1974)
Director Of Photography
Zardoz (1974)
Director Of Photography
The Abdication (1974)
Director Of Photography
Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing (1973)
Director Of Photography
Don Quixote (1973)
Director Of Photography
Cabaret (1972)
Photography
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
Director Of Photography
Baxter! (1972)
Director Of Photography
Say Hello to Yesterday (1971)
Photography
Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
Photography
The Reckoning (1971)
Photography
Umman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
Director Of Photography
The Magic Christian (1970)
Director of Photography
Cromwell (1970)
Director of Photography
Goodbye Gemini (1970)
Director of Photography
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
Director of Photography
Half a Sixpence (1968)
Director of Photography
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director of Photography
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
Director of Photography
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967)
Cinematographer
Othello (1965)
Director of Photography
You Must Be Joking! (1965)
Director of Photography
Go Go Mania (1965)
Director of Photography
An Evening With The Royal Ballet (1965)
Photographer for "La valse," "Le corsaire" and "Aurora's Wedding"
Genghis Khan (1965)
Director of Photography
Becket (1964)
Cinematographer
Tamahine (1964)
Director of Photography
Why Bother To Knock (1964)
Director of Photography
The Playboy of the Western World (1963)
Director of Photography
The Main Attraction (1963)
Director of Photography
The 300 Spartans (1962)
Director of Photography
Bachelor of Hearts (1962)
Director of Photography
On the Double (1961)
2nd unit Photographer
The World of Suzie Wong (1961)
Director of Photography
Flame Over India (1960)
Director Of Photography
Dangerous Exile (1958)
Director Of Photography
A Town Like Alice (1958)
Director Of Photography
A Night to Remember (1958)
Director Of Photography
HELL DRIVERS (1957)
Director Of Photography
Jacqueline (1956)
Cinematographer
The Purple Plain (1955)
Director of Photography
Simba (1955)
Director Of Photography
Man with a Million (1954)
Director of Photography
The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Director of Photography
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
2nd Unit Photography
Outpost in Malaya (1952)
Director of Photography
Ivory Hunter (1951)
Cinematographer
Trio (1950)
Director of Photography
The Clouded Yellow (1950)
Director Of Photography
A Matter of Life and Death (1947)
Camera Operator

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
Photography

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Great Train Robbery (1979)
Dp/Cinematographer
Superman:The Movie (1978)
Other
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975)
Dp/Cinematographer
A Night to Remember (1958)
Dp/Cinematographer

Life Events

1937

Joined Technicolor

1946

Made debut as director of photography on "The Laughing Lady"

1978

Died of a heart attack in Brittany while on location shooting Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979), his last feature

1978

One of last films worked on, "Superman", dedicated on screen to his memory

Photo Collections

Superman: The Movie - Program
Here is the official Movie Program from Warner Bros' Superman: The Movie (1978), starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman.

Videos

Movie Clip

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Jupiter And Beyond Just a portion of the trippy part, Dave (Keir Dullea) has left the mother-ship in an "EVA" pod, after hearing secret instructions, and sees weird stuff as he approaches Jupiter, late in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - HAL 9000 Introduction of the HAL 9000 computer (voice by Douglas Rain) and the two not-hibernating members of the Jupiter mission on the spaceship Discovery One, Dave (Keir Dullea) and Frank (Gary Lockwood), in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Monolith Second stanza of Stanley Kubrick's "Dawn Of Man" sequence, the apes awaken one morning to find what will become known as "the monolith," early in 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Fight The ending of director Stanley Kubrick's "Dawn Of Man" sequence, the apes have become carnivorous and homicidal, and a bone thrown in the air leads to one of the most famous edits in film history, in 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
Night To Remember, A (1958) - Iceberg Dead Ahead! First Officer Murdoch (Richard Leech) on the bridge as RMS Titanic meets iceberg, trouble in the engine and dining rooms, Captain Smith (Laurence Naismith) summoned, in turn sending Moody (Michael Bryant) to fetch architect Andrews (Michael Goodliffe), in A Night To Remember , 1958.
Night To Remember, A (1958) - It's All Titanic, This Preliminaries, the ship having been christened before the credits, Kenneth More as Lightoller, the real Second Officer on RMS Titanic, Jane Downs his wife, Patrick Waddington and Harriette Johns an upper-class couple en route to the ship, in director Roy Baker’s A Night To Remember,1958.
Night To Remember, A (1958) - Mild Winter Up In The Arctic The Titanic’s first full day at sea, Captain Smith (Laurence Naismith) dining with Ismay (Frank Lawton), chairman of the line, Anthony Bushell captain of the neighboring Californian, Geoffrey Bayldon his wireless man, David McCallum delivering ice warnings, in A Night To Remember , 1958.
Great Train Robbery, The (1979) - Nice Pull! Agar (Donald Sutherland) is introduced snatching a purse on production designer Al Burgess and Art Director Maurice Carter's detailed recreation of London's Strand, then acosted by Pierce (Sean Connery) in The Great Train Robbery, 1979.
Great Train Robbery, The (1979) - Tight Fitting Joints Nigh-on crude garden flirting between thief Pierce (Sean Connery) and trophy wife Emily (Pamela Salem) as her husband (Alan Webb) introduces his daughter (Gabrielle Lloyd) in Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery, 1979.
Murder She Said (1961) - We Can't All Be Young And Handsome Anxious Emma (Muriel Pavlow) introduces Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford), infiltrating the household as a maid, to her blustery father (James Robertson-Justice), in Murder She Said, 1961, from an Agatha Christie novel.
Great Train Robbery (1979) - Opening, In The Year 1855 Elaborate opening sequence narrated by star Sean Connery from director Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery, 1979, based on Crichton's own novel, also the last feature completed by famed cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth.
Great Train Robbery, The (1979) - 75 Seconds Pierce (Sean Connery), acting as timer and lookout, supports Agar (Donald Sutherland) who meets unexpected problems in his split-second attempt to copy keys from a rail station in The Great Train Robbery, 1979.

Trailer

Genghis Khan - (Original Trailer) The Asian conqueror (Omar Sharif) and his mentor (Stephen Boyd) vie for the same woman in Genghis Khan (1965).
Zardoz - (Original Trailer) In the far future, a savage (Sean Connery) trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements in Zardoz (1974) directed by John Boorman.
Becket - (Re-issue Trailer) England's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) appoints his best friend (Richard Burton) Archbishop of Canterbury then turns on him in Becket (1964).
Tamahine - (Original Trailer) A glamorous Polynesian raises temperatures at a boy's school when she comes to visit her cousin in Tamahine (1964).
Superman II - (Original Trailer) Superman gives up his powers just as visitors arrive, three super-powered villains from Krypton, in Superman II (1980).
Superman: The Movie - (Original Trailer) The man of steel (Christopher Reeve) fights to save the world and his true love in the all-star spectacular Superman: The Movie (1978).
Othello (1965) - (Original Trailer) Laurence Olivier stars as Shakespeare's Othello (1965) with Maggie Smith as Desdemona and Frank Finlay as Iago.
Murder on the Orient Express - (Original Trailer) Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a mysterious businessman on a train ride in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)starring Albert Finney.
Bridge Too Far, A - (Original Trailer) Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier and an all-star cast are featured in A Bridge Too Far (1977), an epic World War II drama.

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