Uprooted from a secure and comfortable home at the age of 12, Karel Reisz emigrated from his native Czechoslovakia one step ahead of the Nazi invasion and arrived in his adopted England knowing scarce...
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Czech film director Karel Reisz, best known for helming the 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, died in London Monday. He was 76. Cause of death was not immediately available according to Variety.
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First solo directing effort, the documentary "We Are the Lambeth Boys"; also produced
Broadway directing debut, Pinter's "Moonlight", with Jason Robards and Blythe Danner
Taught grammar school in London
Helmed "Who'll Stop the Rain?", adapted by Judith Roscoe and Robert Stone from the latter's novel "Dog Soldiers"; starred Nick Nolte
Was program director for National Film Theatre, London
Returned to England
Moved to England
Made instructional and promotional films for Ford Motor Company
Helmed "Sweet Dreams", a biopic of country singer Patsy Cline starring Jessica Lange (who was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award)
First American feature, "The Gambler", scripted by James Toback and starring James Caan
Directed the decidedly offbeat gem, "Morgan--A Suitable Case for Treatment"; Vanessa Redgrave's feature debut for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Worked as film critic
Last feature to date, "Everybody Wins", adapted by Arthur Miller from his play "Some Kind of Love Story"; starred Nolte and Debra Winger
Reteamed with Finney (who co-produced and starred in) remake of "Night Must Fall"
Feature film directing debut, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"; scripted by Alan Sillitoe from his semiautobiographical novel; starred Albert Finney
Directed off-Broadway production of "Gardenia"
Co-produced Lindsay Anderson's documentary "Every Day Except Christmas"
Joined Czech squadron of Royal Air Force; war ended before he saw service
Helmed London stage production of "The Deep Blue Sea"
Directed screen version of John Fowles' novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman", adapted by Harold Pinter and starring Meryl Streep who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Reunited with Redgrave for "Isadora", for which she received an other Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Film debut as co-director (with Tony Richardson), "Momma Don't Allow", a 22-minute documentary short
Repatriated to Czechoslovakia
Produced Anderson's "This Sporting Life"
Uprooted from a secure and comfortable home at the age of 12, Karel Reisz emigrated from his native Czechoslovakia one step ahead of the Nazi invasion and arrived in his adopted England knowing scarcely a word of its language. He went about becoming as English as possible, returning after a brief repatriation to a Czechoslovakia much changed by the war to study at Cambridge. Teaching grammar school brought him in contact with working-class students and their parents, broadening his teenage socialism and fascination with the disenfranchised. Writing for the influential film journals <i>Sequence</i> and <i>Sight and Sound</i> placed him in close proximity to the likes of Tony Richardson and Lindsay Anderson, with whom Reisz championed the British version of the auteur theory, believing that the best movies were those that expressed the personal vision of a single artist--the director. In 1953, he published "The Technique of Film Editing" (co-authored with Gavin Millar), a landmark study encompassing the theory, history and practice of editing. His extensive research for the project served as a great training ground for the would-be director.
second wife; formerly married to actor-dancer Gene Kelly; divorced
Jewish; perished in a concentration camp during WWII
perished in a concentration camp during WWII
older; educated in England, at Leighton Park School in Reading, Berkshire; preceded Karel there
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Leighton Park School
About his period teaching: " . . .coming straight from university, the whole impact of the outside world was very, very strong. It was probably the first kind of wide community life I'd come across at all; for though I'd been happy at boarding school and university, I'd felt totally incapsulated there. Teaching was my first taste of social reality; and you can't deal daily with working-class youngsters and their parents in their own habitat and retain an archaic view of the lower classes as comic relief or criminals, the roles they traditionally filled in British films." --Karel Reisz quoted in "World Film Directors", Volume Two