Geoffrey Unsworth

Director of photography, Cameraman, Camera assistant
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1913 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (54)

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tess 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zardoz 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Abdication 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Don Quixote 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Baxter 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cromwell 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Dance of Death 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Umman, Wittering and Zigo 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Goodbye Gemini 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Say Hello to Yesterday 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Assassination Bureau 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Reckoning 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Three Sisters 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Half a Sixpence 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Genghis Khan 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Othello 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Don't Bother to Knock 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bachelor of Hearts 1962 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The World of Suzie Wong 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

North West Frontier 1959 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Night to Remember 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Town Like Alice 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dangerous Exile 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hell Drivers 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Simba 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Purple Plain 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trio 1950 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Penny Princess (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The 300 Spartans (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Clouded Yellow (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Spider and the Fly (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Sword and the Rose (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Value for Money (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Whirlpool (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

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.

Milestones

1978

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

1978

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

1946

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

1937

Joined Technicolor

Began career as camera assistant at Gaumont British studios at Shepherds Bush

Worked as camera operator on Michael Powell-Emeric Pressbuger's "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (1943) and "A Matter of Life and Death" (1946)

Joined Rank Organization

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