Sunday, June 7, 2020

Film Gent Michael Anderson

I learned this morning that British film director Michael Anderson passed away in Vancouver, British Columbia, four days ago. He was ninety-eight. (British director Guy Hamilton died in April of 2016. He was ninety-three.)

A favourite film of mine is the 1955 aviation war story The Dam Busters. Not only is it a fine and exciting piece of filmmaking but it features the Avro Lancaster bomber. My father flew on "Lancs" as a gunner during the last months of WW2. That connection certainly enhances my enjoyment of the film.

In interviews I've seen, Anderson comes across as a gentleman. I cannot imagine him yelling on a film set. (Only Otto Preminger could get away with that kind of on-set behaviour.) OECA/TVO movie host Elwy Yost had him in the studio on one program I remember. Anderson looked like a gentleman farmer from Lincolnshire more than a film director.

Considering the fact that I'm a big fan of Jules Verne's stories, it's odd I've never seen the 1956 epic film Around the World in 80 Days.


The above was first posted as "Michael Anderson, British Film Director" on April 29, 2018.

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