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Robert Hamer after Ealing
Philip Kemp

Three (1944), taking over from Harry Watt, and having proved himself was assigned an episode of the omnibus ghost film, Dead of Night (1945). 1 Hamer’s episode, ‘The Haunted Mirror’, locates him on the shadow side of Ealing, in the maverick strain that included Alberto Cavalcanti and Alexander Mackendrick. The episode not only conjures up a dark, dangerous world of violence and sexuality, but

in British cinema of the 1950s
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Munich–Rome–Los Angeles, or ‘The last temptation of Ingmar Bergman’
Thomas Elsaesser

Bergman’s encounters with Hollywood, many of which centred on or were initiated by Bergman’s contacts with Dino De Laurentiis, the powerful transnational producer, working out of Rome, but with long-standing interests in the Hollywood picture business. The first relevant document in this respect dates from 9 January 1963, when De Laurentiis wrote to Bergman, inviting him to direct an episode in an omnibus film he was about to produce, called The Bible . De Laurentiis argues that he had already secured the

in Ingmar Bergman
Corin Redgrave

a documentary film for the BBC Omnibus series. It was directed by Roger Michell and was based on a book which I wrote, Michael Redgrave: My Father . Preparing for that film we had to watch a very large number of Michael’s films, many of which I had never seen before. His film career for me was to a large extent his biography. I watched his entire life unfolding through his film performances and I

in British cinema of the 1950s
Basil Glynn

productions. He featured in Vitagraph’s 1912 Cardinal Wolsey (Laurence Trimble) with Tefft Johnson as Henry and in 1933 when Richard Cramer played him in the Mack Sennett comedy film Don’t Play Bridge with Your Wife (Leslie Pearce). Rex Harrison took on the part in ‘The Trial of Anne Boleyn’ episode in the television drama series Omnibus (1952, CBS) and in 1953 Charles Laughton played the role in the

in The British monarchy on screen