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Are They Really So Awful?: Cameraman's Chronicles [Hardcover]

Christopher Challis
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16 Mar 1995
Challis' compulsively readable memoirs tell of the vanity of Cary Grant; the warmth of Hepburn; the professionalism of Loren, and the long lunches of Richard Burton. Among the films he photographed are Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Genevieve.

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  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Janus Publishing Company (16 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857561937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857561937
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from a great lens man 12 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Chris Challis has written a 'can't put down book'. It is good that these great people,that most people don't think about, have recorded their stories for cinema history. A great read for the 'curious', who want to know what goes into making a successful film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific stories from a great artist. 2 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
Being a fan of Mr. Challis' work, I was hoping for more technical revelations on how he realised his imagery on movies like "the Victors". Although certian problems are mentioned, it is more about his interaction with people and the circumstances during the production of most of his films, than specific camera related issues.
It must have been a commercial decision to broaden the potential audience for this tale and it worked;
it is a terrific book, vividly written with a lot of humor!! I'd recommended it to any film-buff with an interest in British Cinema of the 20th Century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 4 April 2009
By Nell
Format:Hardcover
Who would have thought that a cameraman could write such great literature?! I really enjoyed this fascinating book about a great period in cinematic history. If you are a lover of film and are interested to learn more about how it works behind the scenes, this is a brilliant book from a man who worked on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Red Shoes and many other classics from the time of Powell and Pressburger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shines a brilliant light on cinematogrophy 2 Aug 2012
By Wingate
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Christopher Challis,who died a few weeks ago,was a vastly experienced Director of photography.He started as a gofer at Gaumont British news in the 1930s.He became an assistant working with the second unit on "The Drum".After the war he worked with many famous directors including Powell and Pressberger and Stanley Donen.He continued till his retirement in 1985 after which he wrote this book.It is not an autobiography in the strict sense.More a memoire.he tells us about his more memorable experiences.Trying to provide the best possible effect for the least possible money.catering to the vanities of Cary Grant.His hardships on primative locations before the era of instant communication.He is as brilliant with the pen as he is with his camera.It is very entertaining and informative book and certainly one of the best that i have read on the British film industry.
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