The Shepperton Story: The History of the World-Famous Film Studio

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Crammed with information and rare pictures from the famous Shepperton Studios, this exhaustive and affectionate history features interviews with scores of filmmakers, along with scores of others who make up Shepperton's history. From assistants to directors, producers, stars, prop men, production managers, and studio executives, the author of this has interviewed more than 200 industry people and has painstakingly researched the history of the studio site from its first recorded use in the Domesday Book through ...

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Overview

Crammed with information and rare pictures from the famous Shepperton Studios, this exhaustive and affectionate history features interviews with scores of filmmakers, along with scores of others who make up Shepperton's history. From assistants to directors, producers, stars, prop men, production managers, and studio executives, the author of this has interviewed more than 200 industry people and has painstakingly researched the history of the studio site from its first recorded use in the Domesday Book through its redevelopment as one of Britain’s first major film studios in 1932. The studio's story covers everything from housing classic movies featuring comedy great Will Hay, to blood-churning horrors starring Todd Slaughter through the studio’s covert use during World War II as a camouflage manufacturing plant, and on to its reopening with great classics such as The Tales Of Hoffman and I’m Alright Jack, and on to modern greats such as Flash Gordon, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, The Crying Game, Chaplin, Gladiator, Troy, Batman: The Beginning, and The Golden Compass.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752449708
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gareth Owen formed his own film production company at Pinewood, currently works with Sir Roger Moore and his production company, and is the author of The Pinewood Story and Roger Moore. Sir Roger Moore is best known for his portrayal of James Bond from 1973–1985. Leslie Gilliat is a film producer.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword by Leslie Gilliat 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Early Days 13

Chapter 2 The '30s: Sound City, Open For Business 22

Chapter 3 Alexander Korda and Worton Hall 44

Chapter 4 The War Years 52

Chapter 5 The '40s 59

Chapter 6 The Third Man 76

Chapter 7 The Lion's Roar 83

Chapter 8 The Last Days of Worton 95

Chapter 9 The '50s: Troubled Times 102

Chapter 10 The Good Die Young 113

Chapter 11 Under New Management 131

Chapter 12 The '60s Boom 154

Chapter 13 Amicus 178

Chapter 14 The Talented Mr Kubrick 192

Chapter 15 The Film Crisis 201

Chapter 16 The Asset Strippers 221

Chapter 17 Enter EMI 230

Chapter 18 The '90s: Great Scott 249

Chapter 19 2000 and Beyond: A New Millennium 271

Chapter 20 The Future 282

Shepperton Studios' Filmography 288

Bibliography 350

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