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Born in London, England, UK
Died in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NamePaul Thompson

Mini Bio (1)

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.

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Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 976-981. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1958
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. He later founded the Federation of Documentary Film Units and was appointed chairman of the British Film Academy.

Personal Quotes (1)

It seems that if one can make a picture so dreary, so dull and so depressing that it defeats criticism, then one will be hailed as a genius.

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