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Maurice Jarre – le colonne sonore

Maurice-Alexis Jarre (1924 –2009) French composer and conductor, is famous for his film scores (partiture; colonne sonore), and particularly for his collaborations with film director David Lean.  Born in Lyon, France, he left the Sorbonne and enrolled (si iscrisse) at the Conservatoire de Paris to study composition and harmony and chose percussion as his major instrument. His life turning point…

Robert Bolt, sceneggiatore

 Robert Oxton Bolt (1924 –1995) was born in Sale, Cheshire. He attended the University of Manchester, and, after war service, the University of Exeter. First he taught English and history then, at the age of 33, he became a full-time writer after his success for the play The Flowering Cherry staged in London in 1958. His masterpiece (capolavoro) was A…

Lawrence D’Arabia di David Lean

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British-American epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. T.E. Lawrence, an obscure lieutenant  who served  in Cairo in World War I, is sent to evaluate (valutare) the military capabilities of the Arabian tribes in resisting (che resistono) the Turks because of his knowledge (conoscenza) of Arab language and culture…

Ian Fleming, il papà di 007

Part of the British aristocracy, Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was similar to his fictional character: he was a spy, a notorious lover and liked his martinis shaken, not stirred. He was a journalist, a banker and a military man, and started writing at 43. In 11 years, he wrote 13 Bond novels and the children’s book Chitty Chitty…

il cinema dei primi anni 1960

In the 1950s another crisis  struck (colpì) the world of the cinema. It was due to (dovuta a ) a new  form of entertainment (intrattenimento) that attracted the traditional cinema-going public, the television.To challenge (sfidare) the new threat (minaccia), the cinema industry started producing films focussed on (incentrati) features (caratteristiche) that were not available (disponibili) on television. An example is…

Ricorda con rabbia, il film

The pre-war period had been dominated by upper class comedies and farces. Look Back in Anger is about a working class man, and discusses working-class issues (tematiche); it examines the social distinctions and revolutionized British theatre with its brutal realism. It became the manifesto of the “angry young men,” a label (etichetta)  that was first applied (applicata) to Osborne. In…

Tom Jones, un trovatello

Tom Jones is a 1963 adventure comedy film, starring Albert Finney as the protagonist. The film was directed by Tony Richardson and the screenplay was  an adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)by playwright (autore di teatro) John Osborne. The film is quite comic: the characters sometimes break the fourth wall (rompono la…

il cinema inglese dei primi anni ‘ 60

In the early 1960s, a primary figure of the British new wave was Tony Richardson (1928 – 1991) whose subjects have always been interesting and often based on stage plays and classic novels. He developed (sviluppò) the ideas that led to the formation of the English Stage Company, and later co-founded Woodfall Films with the dramatist John Osborne. He had…

the mummy, la mummia

Terence Fisher’s 1959 movie takes place in Egypt in 1895. The  archaeologists John Banning (Peter Cushing), his father Stephen and his uncle Joseph Whemple are searching for the tomb of Princess Ananka, high priestess of the god Karnak. John has a broken leg and when the tomb is found he cannot accompany Stephen and Joseph. Before the two archeologists enter, the…

Terence Fisher e i film horror della Hammer

Terence Fisher and Christopher Lee T. Fisher’s characters  Terence Fisher (1904 – 1980; London) was one of the most remarkable horror film directors after the 1950s. Brought up by his grandma in a small English village, he left school to join (arruolarsi) the English Navy. Soon Fisher understood life on ships was not what he really desired and changed several…