Guy Green

Director, Director of photography, Camera operator
While in his teens, Guy Green was hired to work as a clapper boy for a firm that made advertising films. He went into partnership operating a photographic portrait studio and then at age 20 entered the British film ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1913 in Somerset, England, GB

Filmography

Director (19)

Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine" 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

The Devil's Advocate 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Luther 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

A Walk in the Spring Rain 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magus 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Pretty Polly 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

A Patch of Blue 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Diamond Head 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Light in the Piazza 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Sea of Sand 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mark 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Devil's Advocate (TV Show)

Director

Inmates: A Love Story (TV Show)

Director

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Director

Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV Show)

Director

Jimmy B. & Andre (TV Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (11)

I Am a Camera 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Warriors 1955 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Decameron Nights 1952 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Oliver Twist 1947 (Movie)

(Photography)

Adam and Evelyne (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Carnival (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Story of Robin Hood (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Way Ahead (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Writer (2)

A Patch of Blue 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carnival (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

While in his teens, Guy Green was hired to work as a clapper boy for a firm that made advertising films. He went into partnership operating a photographic portrait studio and then at age 20 entered the British film industry. Working his way up from camera assistant to camera operator to director of photography. In 1942, he was camera operator for "In Which We Serve", the patriotic documentary-like drama fashioned by Noel Coward and co-directed by Coward and David Lean. After serving a similar function on the Powell-Pressburger "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" (also 1942), he shot his first feature, "Escape to Danger" (1943). Lean tapped him as director of photography for "Great Expectations" (1946) and Green's mood-enhancing work earned an Oscar. He and Lean had another triumph with "Oliver Twist" (1948). From the opening shots of an impending storm through to the film's last sequence, the expert camerawork garnered almost universal praise. He continued to provide fine work on films like "The Story of Robin Hood" (1952) and "Decameron Nights" (1953).

Green segued to the director's chair with the modest thriller "River Beat" (1954). But he excelled at social dramas ranging from the underrated "The Angry Silence" (1960), about a strike organizer, "The Mark" (1961), with Stuart Whitman in an Oscar-nominated portrayal of a sex offender whose past is held against him, and "A Patch of Blue" (1965), an interracial love story starring Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman. Many of his later features were on par with soap opera (e.g. "A Walk in the Spring Rain" 1970) or flat-out camp (i.e., "Once Is Not Enough" 1975). Green capped off his directing career with a series of TV-movies, generally built around strong female leads.

Milestones

1986

Helmed the syndicated miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine'"

1978

First TV-movie, "The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel" (CBS)

1977

Final film, "The Devil's Advocate"

1975

Directed the soapy "Once Is Not Enough"

1965

Wrote and directed the social drama "A Patch of Blue", co-starring Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman and Shelley Winters

1961

Helmed "The Mark", featuring Stuart Whitman as a ex-con

1955

Co-wrote and directed "Portrait of Alison/Postmark for Danger"

1954

Film director "River Boat"

1948

Served as cinematographer for Lean's "Oliver Twist"

1947

Shot David Lean's "Great Expectations"; won Best Cinematography Oscar

1941

First screen collaboration with David Lean, as camera operator on "In Which We Serve"

1935

First credit as director of photography, "The Immortal Swan"

1933

Returned to working in the film industry

1929

Worked as a clapper boy for advertising films

Went into partnership as a portrait photographer

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