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Karel Reisz (1926–2002)

Karel Reisz was born on July 21, 1926 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and producer, known for The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) and Sweet Dreams (1985). He was married to Betsy Blair and Julia Coppard. He died on November 25, 2002 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 76) in London, England, UK

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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 2000 Act Without Words I (TV Short)
 1994 Performance (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1985 Sweet Dreams
 1974 The Gambler
 1968 Isadora
 1966 Morgan!
 1961 Adventure Story (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- The Switch (1961)
- The Gunslinger (1961)
- Only One Hope (1961)
- One More Chance (1961)
- Captured! (1961)
 1959 March to Aldermaston (Documentary short)
 1958 We Are the Lambeth Boys (Documentary)
 1955 Momma Don't Allow (Documentary short)
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He co-directed Harold Pinter's "The Collection, The Lover," and "A Kind of Alaska," at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Penelope Wilton OBE, Bill Nighy, Douglas Hodge, Lia Williams, and Colin McFarlane. See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

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[on Fred Astaire] Astaire is the motherless man-about-town, all sophistication quite debonair, yet with a lope in his walk rather than a swagger, for -- despite his receding hair -- he is essentially boyish, youthful, innocent. See more »


After the war worked as a film journalist for the publication "Sight and Sound". He then became Program Selection Officer for the British Film Institute. In the 1950's, he was one of the founders of the Free Cinema movement. His subsequent feature films have often tended to focus on working class angst and class structure in general, with social outcasts at their centre. During his later years, ... See more »

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