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5 items from 2011


Paul Dickson obituary

8 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director who found success across film, TV and advertising

Paul Dickson, who has died aged 91, had a long, versatile and award-winning career in film, television and advertising. His critical reputation rests on two remarkable postwar documentaries, The Undefeated (1950) and David (1951, the Welsh contribution to the Festival of Britain). Episodes of The Avengers (1968) and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969 were among his best-known television credits.

Dickson first attracted notice with The Undefeated, a film about the difficulties faced by injured wartime combatants who were patients at rehabilitation centres in Roehampton, Stoke Mandeville and elsewhere, as they adjusted to life in the postwar world. A calculated but moving attempt to destigmatise state help for disabled people, the film quickly became a critical success after opening at the Edinburgh film festival. A recruitment drive for the Korean war appeared to curtail its wider circulation, but it was awarded best documentary by the British »

- Scott Anthony

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Paul Dickson obituary

8 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director who found success across film, TV and advertising

Paul Dickson, who has died aged 91, had a long, versatile and award-winning career in film, television and advertising. His critical reputation rests on two remarkable postwar documentaries, The Undefeated (1950) and David (1951, the Welsh contribution to the Festival of Britain). Episodes of The Avengers (1968) and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969 were among his best-known television credits.

Dickson first attracted notice with The Undefeated, a film about the difficulties faced by injured wartime combatants who were patients at rehabilitation centres in Roehampton, Stoke Mandeville and elsewhere, as they adjusted to life in the postwar world. A calculated but moving attempt to destigmatise state help for disabled people, the film quickly became a critical success after opening at the Edinburgh film festival. A recruitment drive for the Korean war appeared to curtail its wider circulation, but it was awarded best documentary by the British »

- Scott Anthony

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In Glorious Technicolor by Francine Stock | review

15 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An ambitious attempt to write a 'personal' history of cinema is sometimes intelligent but rarely convincing

Maxim Gorky, the first major writer to record his impressions of the cinema, wrote in his local newspaper the day after seeing the first Lumière brothers show in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896: "Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows. If you only knew how strange it is to be there … I was at Aumont's and saw Lumière's cinématographe – moving photography. The extraordinary impression it creates is so unique and complex that I doubt my ability to describe it with all its nuances." A few years later Rudyard Kipling wrote Mrs Bathurst, the first significant work of fiction inspired by the movies, a mysteriously haunting tale of a sailor driven to his death by a brief newsreel he obsessively views in Cape Town. The new medium had the power to disturb, to fascinate, »

- Philip French

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The importance of dating a film

5 July 2011 9:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Assigning the year to which a film belongs affects how we think of it – but should we choose production or release date?

Let's try to push past the wordplay: how we date movies is serious business. Literary critics seem to rub along without having to write Twelfth Night (1602), but open any film book and you will find great thickets of brackets – Date Movie (2006) – mucking up otherwise perfectly respectable sentences. Moreover, the specificity these dates purport to offer is quite illusory.

Twasn't ever thus. Early film histories, such as Paul Rotha's The Film Till Now, first published in 1930, were largely unencumbered. Within a few decades, alas, parentheses had become de rigueur – but what to fill them with? Opinions varied. In later, much-expanded editions of Rotha's book, the most influential of its kind, films were dated "by their year of production, and not, as is misleading in some film books, by »

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The Russian revolutionaries return

26 May 2011 3:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the 1920s and 30s it was a struggle against the censors to get the likes of Battleship Potemkin shown in the UK. Now the BFI is celebrating these pioneering Russian films

Some Russian films of the early 20th century that sent shockwaves through Europe, making an impact outside the realm of cinema, are celebrated in a two-month BFI Southbank season. John Lehmann, poet, Hogarth Press editor, and brother of novelist Rosamond, wrote in 1940 that their appearance in London "was an event that had a decisive formative influence on the minds of the most alert of the new generation". Yet the films' arrival was staggered to say the least.

Bedecked with endorsements from Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, the world's most famous couple, Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin had done sensational business in Germany in 1926, but distributors' hopes of repeat success in Britain ran aground. "Officialdom," complained an out-of-character Daily Express, »

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