Geoffrey Unsworth

Geoffrey Unsworth

Geoffrey Unsworth

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Geoffrey Unsworth OBE, BSC (c. 1914 - 28 October 1978) was a British cinematographer who worked on nearly 90 feature films spanning over more than 40 years.

After working as a camera operator on films for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Unsworth made his debut as cinematographer on the documentary feature The People's Land in 1943.

Born in Leigh, Greater Manchester in 1914, died in Brittany, France in 1978.

Awards won by Unsworth

His film work brought him an impressive array of awards, including five British Society of Cinematographers awards, three BAFTAS and two Academy Awards. Unsworth was especially in demand as cinematographer in two very different genres, period pieces and science fiction. Among the highlights of his career, he collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on the visually innovative A Space Odyssey and Bob Fosse's dark musical exploration of the end of Weimar Germany, Cabaret. On a lighter film, such as Murder on the Orient Express his lighting and use of diffusion capture the danger and romance of the train while graceful integration of camera movement and optical effects contributes to the realism of the set while controlling the claustrophobia of the setting.


Unsworth's work reached its widest audience with one of his final projects, Richard Donner's Superman in 1978. Here he was responsible for integrating the work of a who's-who of cinematographers and visual effects designers, (including Zoran Perisic, an animation stand crew member from......
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