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...Caption on black screen: LYTTON AND CARRINGTON 1915 LEWES STATION. DAY The hiss and clatter of a steam train. A small, dirty engine pulls its train into the deserted station, shabby from wartime neglect. One door opens and a man steps...
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...SYRACUSE, NY, MAY 7, 1959 VANN HOUSE IN SYRACUSE. DAY Fade up on a drowsy suburban afternoon: a battered green Ford pulls up in front of a large red-brick house. John Paul Vann jumps out of the car. He’s a man in the uniform...
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...BEDROOM IN THE STENTORIAN HOTEL, NEW YORK. EVENING It’s just over a hundred years ago; and the occupant of the pretty white-and-gold room, with sea-green panels and a rose-coloured carpet, stands, in her elaborate and decorous underwear...
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...Merteuil’s Dressing Room. Day The gilt frame around the mirror on the Marquise de Merteuil’s dressing table encloses the reflection of her beautiful face. For a moment she examines herself; critically, but not without satisfaction. Another...
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...RIVER THAMES. DAWN In the grey pre-dawn light, the camera moves, fast and low, following the curves of the river, not more than a few inches above its turbid, brownish surface, under bridges, past moored boats, unstable pontoons and long...

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Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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... Connery bought up the film rights, he also had other movie commitments which necessarily took precedence. Still, he was instrumental in having the play translated into English (by Christopher Hampton), and bringing it first to his home...

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Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... Pitt remains still, standing in the rain for some time as a simple music plays on what sounds like a child’s toy piano. A poem read by its author, Christopher Knowles (whose voice is reminiscent of Garrison Keillor), begins like a nursery...

The Independent Producer and the State: Simon Relph, Government Policy and the British Film Industry, 1980–2005

Andrew Spicer

Dr Andrew Spicer, Reader in Cultural History at the University of the West of England, UK, has published widely on British cinema, masculinity and film noir, including Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema (2001/03), Film Noir (2002), Sydney Box (2006), the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010) and, as editor, European Film Noir (2007). He is currently co-editing the Companion to Film Noir (Wiley-Blackwell) and co-authoring The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980 (I.B. Tauris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beyond the Bottom Line : The Producer in Film and Television Studies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... writers and directors, including Christopher Hampton and Mike Newell, joined as the company expanded. Greenpoint had a straightforward rationale: ‘to enable the talent within it to do what they wanted to do’. Each member had an absolute...