January 2, 2017

Directors

Thorold Dickinson (1903-1984) b. Bristol, England.

Thorold Dickinson

Thorold Dickinson worked on silent films with George Pearson in England and Europe. At Ealing in the mid-1930s, graduating from editor, Sing as we Go (1934), to director The High Command (1937). Spanish Civil War films, then features in England including Gaslight (1940). During World War II, Dickinson directed or supervised seventeen military training films, including the cautionary effort Next of Kin (1942), which was exhibited theatrically to civilian audiences in both England and the U.S. After the war he continued to direct such first-rate productions as The Queen of Spades (1949) an adaptation of a Pushkin story that bore evidence of Dickinson’s fascination with the techniques of the Soviet cinema; Secret People (1952), a spy drama that served as the basis for a "how movies are made" volume by Lindsay Anderson, and Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (1955), the first Israeli film to gain a widespread international release. From 1956 to 1960, Dickinson was chief of film services for the United Nations Department of Public Information. During this period he supervised several UN documentaries, including the controversial Suez Crisis piece Blue Vanguard (1957). He also assumed the presidency of the International Federation of Film Societies, a post he held until 1966. In the early 1960s, he accepted a teaching post at the Slade School of London University, thereby becoming Britain’s first Professor of Film. Thorold Dickinson retired in 1971.



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