Thorold Dickinson

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Noted British cineaste whose reputation was established with the original screen version of the psychological thriller, "Gaslight" (1940). A skilled, intelligent director with a flair for fluid camerawork and a penchant ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1903 in Bristol, England, GB

Filmography

other (9)

Overture 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hill 24 Doesn't Answer 1954 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hill 24 Doesn't Answer 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hill 24 Doesn't Answer 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hill 24 Doesn't Answer 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Malta Story 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Queen of Spades 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Perfect Understanding (Movie)

(Editor)

The Prime Minister (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Noted British cineaste whose reputation was established with the original screen version of the psychological thriller, "Gaslight" (1940). A skilled, intelligent director with a flair for fluid camerawork and a penchant for melodramas about men under great duress, Dickinson was also a keen documentarist, producing military training films for the British Army Kinematograph Service during WWII and serving as Chief of Film Services for the United Nations between 1956 and 1960. Dickinson made a handful of feature films on an intermittent basis during the 1940s and 50s, including a genuinely strange and haunting version of the Pushkin semi-fantasy, "The Queen of Spades" (1948) and one of the first important films in the history of Israeli cinema, "Hill 54 Does Not Answer" (1955).

Dickinson was also a key figure in the introduction of film studies to British higher education, founding the Film Department of London University in 1960 and becoming Britain's first Professor of Film in 1967. He was also the author of "Soviet Cinema" (1948, with Catherine de la Roche) and "A Discovery of Cinema" (1971).

Relationships

Joanna MacFadyen

Wife
collaborated on screenplay of "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer" (1955)

EDUCATION

Clifton College

Clifton , Bristol, City of

University of Oxford

Oxford , England

Milestones

1955

Last feature film, "Hill 54 Does Not Answer"

1937

Feature film directing debut, "The High Command"

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