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Alexander Mackendrick

 

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John Boulting
Luis Buñuel
Charles Crichton
Blake Edwards
Bill Forsyth
Sidney Gilliat
Robert Hamer
Frank Launder
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Director / Screenwriter
1912 - 1993
Born September 8, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Key Production Country: UK
Key Genres: Comedy, Drama, Crime Comedy
Key Collaborators: Jim Morahan (Production Designer), Douglas Slocombe (Cinematographer), Alec Guinness (Leading Player), Cecil Parker (Leading Player), Joan Greenwood (Leading Player), Michael Balcon (Producer), William Rose (Screenwriter), Dorothy Alison (Character Player)
Highly Recommended: Mandy (1952), The Ladykillers (1955), Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Recommended: The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Worth a Look: Whisky Galore! (1949), The Maggie (1954), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Senses of Cinema: Great Directors ] [ Film Reference ] [ Alexander Mackendrick Profile ] [ Washington Times Article (2006) ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Screen Online Biography ] [ The Sticking Place ] [ Artforum International Article ]
Books: [ Whisky Galore! and the Maggie: A British Film Guide ] [ On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director ] [ Lethal Innocence: The Cinema of Alexander Mackendrick ]
DVD's: [ Amazon ]
1,000 Greatest Films: The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Ladykillers (1955), Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
250 Quintessential Noir Films: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Ain't Nobody's Blues But My Own: The Maggie (1954)
 
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)The Ladykillers (1955)The Man in the White Suit (1951)A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
 
     
  "One of Britain's greatest directors, Sandy Mackendrick proved himself that rare thing - a man who could successfully direct comedy, with Whiskey Galore! (1949) and The Ladykillers (1955), satire, with The Man in the White Suit (1951), romance, with Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) [as co-screenwriter; Basil Dearden directed], tragedy, with his American masterpiece, The Sweet Smell of Success (1958), and even children's films, with Sammy Going South (1963). It's as if he had to test himself at least once, in every possible category - and it worked. What more need be said?" - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)  
     
  "In the late 40s and early 50s he was responsible for several intelligent and highly entertaining Ealing Studio comedies...Later, he proved himself equally effective with dramatic films, particularly the American-made Sweet Smell of Success (1957), a no-holds-barred "expose" of corruption in the world of press agents and newspaper columnists. Despite a limited output, and several misses, Mackendrick left a bright mark on Anglo-American cinema." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
     
  "Like Robert Hamer, Alexander Mackendrick was one of the finest and least typical directors at Ealing Studios. Perhaps best known for the four comedies he made there, he nonetheless created films of a rare blackness, marked by a pessimistic - albeit witty - vision of human cruelty, corruptibility, and self-obsession." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)  
     
  "His early British comedies display a gentle grasp of human foibles folded into upper-class humor and working-class hilarity (The Man in the White Suit, 52; The Ladykillers, 55). Later Mackendrick illustrated the same comprehension in the scorching Sweet Smell of Success (57) and A High Wind in Jamaica (65)." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
     
  "The great directors managed to dissolve and disappear into the work. They make other people look good." - Alexander Mackendrick  
     
 
 

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