January 2, 2017


Tony Richardson (1928-1991) b. Shipley, England.

Tony Richardson

A primary figure of the British new wave, Tony Richardson became engaged in films via Free Cinema and the Royal Court Theatre. Where his cinema is concerned there is a conscious striving for effect which has sometimes dissipated the strength of his work. His subjects have always been interesting, if often based on tried stage plays such as Look Back in Anger (1959) and A Taste of Honey (1961), but occasionally a literary classic has been filmed, sometimes successfully; Tom Jones (1963), sometimes disastrously; The Loved One (1965). His near-epic The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) was a vivid, glorious mess, no less so than the event it commemorated. Most of his subsequent films were forgettable and he eventually moved into Tv film territory.

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