Tony Richardson

  • Berry Gordy & Tony Richardson – Mahogany (1975)

    1971-1980Berry GordyCampDramaTony RichardsonUSA

    Tracy (Diana Ross), an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world’s top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success.Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – Hamlet (1969)

    Tony Richardson1961-1970DramaUnited KingdomWilliam Shakespeare

    From IMDB
    The opening moments in any production of Hamlet are critical because the audience, assuming they know the play fairly well, will already be asking the ‘How are they going to do…’ question. It’s the ghost. Hamlet senior. What is he going to look like? In a film, it’s an even bigger challenge, because some people watching might expect a special effect. The approach here is a shot of bright light across the young Dane’s face and his voice echoing through the frame. The style of the film is already crystallised. It’s not about the surroundings or set dressing. It’s about the emotion of the piece, the words. In this key moment we are looking in his eyes as he hear’s his fathers words, and that’s a device used throughout the piece.Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – Ned Kelly (1970)

    1961-1970CrimeDramaTony RichardsonUnited Kingdom

    The impoverished son of Irish immigrants is pushed by wrongful police persecution into becoming one of the most notorious bushrangers in Australia’s history.Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – Look Back in Anger (1959)

    1951-1960DramaTony RichardsonUnited Kingdom

    ‘Three years after its incendiary run on the London stage, director Tony Richardson’s film version of John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger (1959) became one of the precursors to the British “kitchen sink” dramas of the 1960s. Enhancing the aim to show British life as it really was through the hopeless existence of enraged working class stiff Jimmy Porter and his put-upon, better-born wife Allison, Richardson unstintingly reveals the grunginess of their industrial city residential milieu with its drab row houses and unkempt children.Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – A Delicate Balance (1973)

    1971-1980DramaTony RichardsonUSA

    The setting is the comfortable Connecticut home of a well-to-do family. Agnes is a determined, powerful woman who feels she must hold her husband together and present a brave face to the world. Her husband, Tobias, is both retired and retiring, a man who cannot quite face up to life. Living with the couple is Agnes’ sister, Claire, an alcoholic who sees through and scoffs at the insincerity and pretensions around her. Clare’s outrageous comments are meant as much to reflect her own bitterness as to shake Tobias out of his mute acceptance of Agnes’ dominance. They are soon joined by Harry and Edna, a married couple who are Agnes and Tobias’ best friends and Agnes and Tobias’ spoiled 36-year old daughter, Julia, who returns home from her fourth broken marriage.Read More »

  • Peter Brook, Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson – Red White And Zero (1967)

    1961-1970ComedyDramaLindsay AndersonPeter BrookTony RichardsonUnited Kingdom

    A film in three parts
    Part One – The Ride of The Valkyrie

    An opera singer must navigate through the busy city streets to get to the theater in time for his performance.Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

    1961-1970ClassicsDramaTony RichardsonUnited Kingdom


    A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy’s reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor’s prize runner. Read More »

  • Tony Richardson – Mademoiselle (1966)

    1961-1970DramaFranceTony Richardson


    In 1951, French writer Jean Genet presented a screenplay called “Les Rêves Interdits/L’Autre Versant du Rêve” to actress Anouk Aimée as a wedding gift. He then proceeded to sell the rights three times without telling her. Eventually the script was reworked by Marguerite Duras and filmed by British director Tony Richardson as Mademoiselle, with Jeanne Moreau in the title role.

    Mademoiselle tells the story of a repressed schoolteacher who visits a veritable plague of deliberate “accidents” on the people of her rural French village. She sets fires, poisons animals, and causes floods — all in a fit of thwarted passion for an immigrant woodcutter. Though Marlon Brando was originally set to play the role of the Italian craftsman, the part went to Ettore Manni when the production schedule shifted. Umberto Orsini plays Antonio, the woodcutter’s forlorn son, whom Mademoiselle maliciously humiliates out of perverse desire for his father.Read More »

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