LONDON – British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who filmed the Nazi invasion of Poland and went on to work with Steven Spielberg on the “Indian Jones” trilogy, has died at the age of 103, his family told AFP.
He died Monday morning in a hospital in London, his daughter, Georgina Slocombe, said.
“He had just celebrated his 103rd birthday in hospital” on Feb. 10, she said.
“It’s sad for me. I was his only child. My mother died several years ago. We were very close as a family,” Slocombe said.
Slocombe traveled to Danzig — modern-day Gdansk in Poland, which at the time had a majority ethnic-German population — in 1939 before the German troops arrived.
“I found myself right in the middle of an absolute hotbed of Nazi intrigue,” he told the BBC.
“All the Jewish shops had ‘Jude’ daubed over the windows and the Jews themselves were attacked.”
Slocombe eventually escaped from Poland on a horse and cart and traveled to Latvia. His material was used in the short documentary “Lights Out in Europe” about the runup to World War II.
He went on to work on a series of popular British films in the 1940s and 1950s known as the Ealing comedies, produced at the Ealing Studios in London.
Slocombe was then head of cinematography on the “Indiana Jones” films and won a BAFTA award for “The Great Gatsby” (1974). He also worked on the James Bond classic “Never Say Never Again” starring Sean Connery.