January 2, 2017


Guy Green (1913-2005) b. Frome, Somerset, England.

Guy Green

Guy Green later worked as a projectionist on ocean liners, served as a clapper boy for an advertising company and ran a portrait studio in London before entering the film industry as a camera assistant. From 1944 Green became a full director of photography. His specialty was brooding, cloud-swept period pieces like Blanche Fury (1947) and the David Lean films Oliver Twist (1948), The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950) and Great Expectations (1946), for which Green’s stunning black-and-white earned him an Academy Award In 1954, he became a director with the modest but attractively shot River Boat (1954). Two of his best known directing efforts were the British films Sea of Sand (1958) and The Angry Silence (1960), first conceived with actors Richard Attenborough and Michael Craig. Green’s finest work as a director can be seen in such 1960s dramas as The Mark (1961) and Oscar-winning interracial love story A Patch of Blue (1965), each of which centred on a profoundly disturbed social outcast. Once in Hollywood, Green abandoned the austerity of his earlier works in favour of the garishly budgeted and ponderously executed The Magus (1968) and Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough (1975). In 1985, Guy Green made his American TV-movie bow with Strong Medicine. A founding member of the British Society of Cinematographers, he was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2004 for his services to film.

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