David Thompson

Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro (1992)

Documentary about Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer of Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor, Reds, Il Confimista, 1900. Vittorio Storaro talks about his work, along with collaborators like Warren Beatty and Bernardo Bertolucci and peers like Nestor Almendros. On-set ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Vittorio Storaro  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Warren Beatty  •  Francis Ford Coppola

Documentary about Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer of Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor, Reds, Il Confimista, 1900. Vittorio Storaro talks about his work, along with collaborators like Warren Beatty and Bernardo Bertolucci and peers like Nestor Almendros. On-set ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Vittorio Storaro  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Warren Beatty  •  Francis Ford Coppola

All the World's a Screen - Shakespeare on Film (2016)

An exploration into the history of Shakespeare's plays, from the silent era to the modern day featuring archive interviews with movie directors including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh and more.  (more)

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An exploration into the history of Shakespeare's plays, from the silent era to the modern day featuring archive interviews with movie directors including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh and more.  (more)

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Nicolas Roeg: It's About Time... (2015)

The first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema as in such films as Don't Look Now, Performance, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Roeg reflects on his career, which began as a leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Dilly Barlow  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Julie Christie  •  Jenny Agutter

The first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema as in such films as Don't Look Now, Performance, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Roeg reflects on his career, which began as a leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Dilly Barlow  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Julie Christie  •  Jenny Agutter

Robert Altman in England (2002)

Robert Altman interviewed during the making of GOSFORD PARK (2001), as well as members of the cast and crew. Also, revealing behind the scenes footage and information about his career leading up to this feature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Robert Altman  •  Richard E. Grant  •  Helen Mirren  •  Stephen Frears

Robert Altman interviewed during the making of GOSFORD PARK (2001), as well as members of the cast and crew. Also, revealing behind the scenes footage and information about his career leading up to this feature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Robert Altman  •  Richard E. Grant  •  Helen Mirren  •  Stephen Frears

Beyond Justice (1992)

A woman's ex-husband, who is the son of an Arab chieftain, kidnaps their teenage son and brings him back to Morocco, where the boy is to be made the leader of the tribe. The child's mother hires a mercenary to get her son and bring him back to her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duccio Tessari
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Carol Alt  •  Omar Sharif  •  Kabir Bedi

A woman's ex-husband, who is the son of an Arab chieftain, kidnaps their teenage son and brings him back to Morocco, where the boy is to be made the leader of the tribe. The child's mother hires a mercenary to get her son and bring him back to her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duccio Tessari
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Carol Alt  •  Omar Sharif  •  Kabir Bedi

Jean Renoir: Part Two - Hollywood and Beyond (1993)

The second part of a BBC documentary on the latter half of the career of French director Jean Renoir.  (more)

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The second part of a BBC documentary on the latter half of the career of French director Jean Renoir.  (more)

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Jean Renoir: Part One - From La Belle Époque to World War II (1993)

Part one of a BBC documentary about Jean Renoir.  (more)

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Part one of a BBC documentary about Jean Renoir.  (more)

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Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder (1994)

The BBC Omnibus series broadcasted a profile documentary on Quentin Tarantino in 1994 as Pulp Fiction hit the UK screens. It includes interviews with many of collaborators. It's shot in part in Quentin Tarantino Hollywood appartment and the Video Archives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino

The BBC Omnibus series broadcasted a profile documentary on Quentin Tarantino in 1994 as Pulp Fiction hit the UK screens. It includes interviews with many of collaborators. It's shot in part in Quentin Tarantino Hollywood appartment and the Video Archives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino

Ennio Morricone (1995)

From his quirky compositions for the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone to his sublime musical contributions to director Roland Joffé's acclaimed 1986 drama The Mission, film composer Ennio Morricone has crafted more than 500 scores over the course of his enduring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Ennio Morricone  •  John Boorman  •  Robert De Niro  •  Brian De Palma

From his quirky compositions for the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone to his sublime musical contributions to director Roland Joffé's acclaimed 1986 drama The Mission, film composer Ennio Morricone has crafted more than 500 scores over the course of his enduring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Ennio Morricone  •  John Boorman  •  Robert De Niro  •  Brian De Palma

Paul Verhoeven: From Holland to Hollywood (1996)

Very insightful BBC documentary about Paul Verhoeven, tracking his career up to Showgirls. The programme focuses on talks with Verhoeven, but also includes interviews with many of the people who worked with him, both from the US and Holland, and even his wife. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Paul Verhoeven  •  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer

Very insightful BBC documentary about Paul Verhoeven, tracking his career up to Showgirls. The programme focuses on talks with Verhoeven, but also includes interviews with many of the people who worked with him, both from the US and Holland, and even his wife. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Paul Verhoeven  •  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer

Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (2003)

Documentary profile of legendary dance choreographer Busby Berkeley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Busby Berkeley  •  Larry Robinson  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Richard Barrios

Documentary profile of legendary dance choreographer Busby Berkeley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Busby Berkeley  •  Larry Robinson  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Richard Barrios

Cinema Sex Politics: Bertolucci Makes "The Dreamers" (2004)

The making of The Dreamers, its background and relation to the May 1968 student riots in Paris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Michael Pitt  •  Eva Green  •  Louis Garrel

The making of The Dreamers, its background and relation to the May 1968 student riots in Paris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Michael Pitt  •  Eva Green  •  Louis Garrel

Silent Britain (2006)

A documentary about the early years of silent films made in Britain. Showing that it wasn't just a few, easily dismissed comedies, but many high quality films including some very popular comedies and some fine dramas. Matthew Sweet shows through examples how the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Matthew Sweet  •  Jack Cardiff  •  Ian Christie  •  Bryony Dixon

A documentary about the early years of silent films made in Britain. Showing that it wasn't just a few, easily dismissed comedies, but many high quality films including some very popular comedies and some fine dramas. Matthew Sweet shows through examples how the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Matthew Sweet  •  Jack Cardiff  •  Ian Christie  •  Bryony Dixon

Screen Goddesses (2012)

A celebration of the greatest leading ladies of the cinema  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Elizabeth McGovern

A celebration of the greatest leading ladies of the cinema  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Elizabeth McGovern

Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (1987)

A retrospective of the films of Britain's Hammer Studios, renowned for making stylish horror films in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Included are clips from Hammer productions and interviews with actors, actresses, directors and producers who worked on these films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Charles Gray  •  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Martin Scorsese

A retrospective of the films of Britain's Hammer Studios, renowned for making stylish horror films in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Included are clips from Hammer productions and interviews with actors, actresses, directors and producers who worked on these films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Charles Gray  •  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Martin Scorsese

Granada: From the North

A 1992 documentary marking the history and achievements of the British televison company, Granada TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Ludovic Kennedy  •  David Plowright  •  Denis Foreman  •  Christopher Frayling

A 1992 documentary marking the history and achievements of the British televison company, Granada TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Thompson
CAST:  Ludovic Kennedy  •  David Plowright  •  Denis Foreman  •  Christopher Frayling