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Tony Richardson


Tony Richardson (June 5, 1928 - November 14, 1991) was a British director, producer and director.

He was born as Cecil Antonio Richardson in Shipley, Yorkshire in 1928. He attended Ashville College, Harrogate. He was representative of the British "New Wave" of directors. After starting in the British theatre with the New English Stage Company, he co-founded Woodfall Films, with the dramatist John Osborne. In 1964 he received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) for Tom Jones (1963). He was married to the actress Vanessa Redgrave (1962-1967) and had two daughters, Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson. He was bisexual (which he had carefully hidden for as long as possible) and died from complications of AIDS at the age of 63 in 1991. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Richardson [Dec 2005]

The Loved One (1965) - Tony Richardson

  1. The Loved One (1965) - Tony Richardson [Amazon US]

    After a novel by Evelyn Waugh. Brilliant. Disturbing. Perplexing. Hilarious. Neglected.
    Screenwriter Terry Southern (with the equally brilliant Christopher Isherwood) are the true stars here, having drafted and crafted a movie that's both truly disturbing and hilarious. One of Southern's finest film scripts (a worthy equal to his Dr Strangelove and Easy Rider scripts), The Loved One is an unjustly ignored and forgotten gem from a time when smart comedies were not only critically lauded but publically applauded.

    Perhaps only a "foreigner" could so elegantly have exposed and debunked America's high-camp burial establishments, their financial greed, hypocrisy and fake religiosity. In a very American attempt at banishing death, the mortuary literally assumes the trappings of a beauty salon, an ominous union of Eros and Thanatos. -- Amos Vogel via Film As a Subversive Art (1974) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Mademoiselle (1966) - Tony Richardson

Mademoiselle (1966) - Tony Richardson [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Ettore Manni

Plot Synopsis: In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He is innocent; the culprit is "Mademoiselle," town schoolmarm, a recent arrival admired by all, but sexually repressed and obsessed with Manou. She sets the first fire accidentally and throbs watching a shirtless Manou perform heroics. Subsequent catastrophes are no accident and express her mad passion for him. Also, after befriending Manou's son, she turns on the lad, making him miserable and raising his suspicions. Her designs, Manou's frank innocence, and the town's xenophobia mix explosively.

Writing credits by Jean Genet and Marguerite Duras.

See also: Tony Richardson - British cinema - 1966

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