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Paul Rotha (1907–1984)

Paul Rotha was born on June 3, 1907 in London, England as Paul Thompson. He was a producer and director, known for De overval (1962), No Resting Place (1951) and The Desperate Men (1958). He died on March 7, 1984 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

De overval
De overval Director
No Resting Place
No Resting Place Director
The Desperate Men
The World Is Rich


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 1947 The Balance (Short) (producer)
 1946 Total War in Britain (Documentary short) (producer)
 1945 Britain Can Make It, No. 1 (Short) (producer)
 1944 Children of the City (Short documentary) (producer)
 1944 New Builders (Documentary short) (producer - uncredited)
 1943 Worker and Warfront No. 8 (Short) (producer)
 1943 Defeat Tuberculosis (Documentary short) (associate producer)
 1943 World of Plenty (Documentary short) (producer)
 1942 Essential Jobs (Short) (producer)
 1942 Life Begins Again (Documentary short) (producer)
 1942/II Night Shift (Documentary short) (producer)
 1942 The Great Harvest (Documentary short) (producer)
 1941 The Countrywomen (Short) (associate producer)
 1941 Bampton Shows the Way (Documentary short) (associate producer)
 1941 Defeat Diphtheria (Documentary short) (producer)
 1941 Five and Under (Documentary short) (producer)
 1941 The Battle of the Books (Documentary short) (producer)
 1941 You're Telling Me! (Short) (producer)
 1938 New Worlds for Old (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 To-Day We Live: A Film of Life in Britain (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 Air Outpost (Documentary short) (producer)
 1936 The Way to the Sea (Short) (producer)
 1936 Chapter and Verse (Short) (producer)
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Biography (w/Jay Ruby): "Robert J. Flaherty: A Biography" See more »

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Painter, designer, lecturer and art critic. His seminal book "The Film Till Now" (1930), despite being dated, is still considered a valuable reference tool by students. Rotha was best known for directing and producing documentaries on social issues, as well as wartime propaganda films. From 1953 to 1955, he served as BBC's director of documentaries and as president of the New London Film Society.... See more »

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