Michael Balcon
English Film producer
Michael Balcon
Sir Michael Elias Balcon was an English film producer, known for his work with Ealing Studios.
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Ces cadavres qu'on ramasse à la pelle - Le Figaro
Google News - over 5 years
Je ne connaissais pas l'endroit, mais j'ai une passion pour les comédies noires qu'y produisit sir Michael Balcon. Ma préférée est sans conteste Noblesse oblige. Alors vous pensez si j'étais intéressé à l'idée de réaliser une “Ealing comedy”
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Entretien avec John Landis à propos de "Cadavres à la pelle"… et de bien d ... - Culturopoing
Google News - over 5 years
C'était la première fois que je me rendais dans ces studios, dont j'admire depuis toujours les productions des années 40-50, à l'époque où Sir Michael Balcon en était le directeur. Ealing a produit une série de films absolument fantastiques à cette
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Seis curiosidades sobre Alfred Hitchcock - Sexenio, Extraordinary Life
Google News - over 5 years
... la carrera de ingeniero civil que en 1919, tras muchas furtivas sesiones de cine, abandonaría el estudio para trabajar en la compañía cinematográfica de Michael Balcon como redactor de los letreros para las películas, que por entonces eran mudas
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Blu-ray Review: WHISKY GALORE – Ealing Studios Classic Still Holds Up Today! - WhatCulture!
Google News - over 5 years
It was produced by Ealing's legendary Michael Balcon and co-edited by Charles Crichton, who would himself go on to direct The Lavender Hill Mob and another British crime-comedy classic, A Fish Called Wanda. For a comedy about a small local community,
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Ealing Studios: A Short History - The Film Pilgrim
Google News - over 5 years
Thankfully, Michael Balcon, previous head of production at Gainsborough studios, disliked his role new role at MGM so much that he left after only three films. Within a few months he was drawn into the world of Ealing Studios, and opened the studios
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DVD Releases: 'Went the Day Well?' (Blu-ray Re-Release) - Cine-Vue
Google News - over 5 years
These film makers, however, would go on to greater things in the years immediately following the war, and it may be well to regard Went the Day Well? as a sign of the good things yet to come under Michael Balcon's stewardship of the studio
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Another shot of Scotch on the rocks with a splash of wit - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Ealing's head of publicity, Russian-born Monja Danischewsky, was getting bored, so studio head Michael Balcon offered him the chance to produce a film – provided it was shot on location. Danischewsky gave his first directing job to US-born,
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The troubled heart of Ealing and British postwar cinema - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
In 1946, Michael Balcon, the head of Ealing studios, wrote an article in which he contended that the second world war had transformed the sensibility and the habits of the British people. "Films," he argued, "have come to mean in the lives of many
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The Lavender Hill Mob Review - The Film Pilgrim
Google News - over 5 years
Much of the credit should go to Ealing Studios themselves and in particular Michael Balcon. Such was the skill of this experienced producer, that he consistently bought together some of the finest people working in British cinema at the time
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The shadow cast by Ealing comedies is no laughing matter - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
The irony is that these modestly budgeted films made in West London under the guidance of studio boss (and benevolent patriarch) Michael Balcon have come to act as a huge millstone around the necks of future generations of British film-makers
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Detectives who went from the page to the screen - The Island.lk (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
In the same year Michael Balcon of Gaumont British Pictures released the first sound presentation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Robert Rendel appeared as Holmes and gave a very competent performance, unfortunately he was too big made and did not
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British Film Industry Salutes Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE - 4RFV
Google News - over 5 years
Sir Sydney received both the Academy's Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Film and the Academy Fellowship. In 1978, Sir Sydney's work in film was acknowledged with a CBE, followed by a Knighthood in 1995
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Sydney Samuelson to Be Honored by British Cinema and Television Veterans - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
He is the recipient of the British Academy's Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Film and a BAFTA fellowship. The tribute event is being supported by 12 industry organizations including BAFTA, British Film Commission,
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Sofredor e prisioneiro - Jornal do Comércio
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Entertaining The Nation is a tribute to a Jewish gift - Evening Standard
Google News - almost 6 years
"More English than the English", meanwhile, records how some of this country's most "English" films, including Ealing comedies and Gainsborough Studio films, were produced by Alexander Korda, Emeric Pressburger and Michael Balcon, all Jewish,
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Fernsehen: "Weissensee" läuft auch in New York - Berliner Morgenpost
Google News - almost 6 years
Die Berliner Filmproduzentin Regina Ziegler steht seit ein paar Tagen in einer Reihe mit Samuel Goldwyn, Michael Balcon und Ed Pressman. Das Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York hat die von ihr produzierte erfolgreiche ARD-Familiensaga "Weissensee"
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Cuestión de sangre - Diario El País
Google News - almost 6 years
Nieto de un reconocido productor cinematográfico (Michael Balcon ), hijo de un poeta (Cecil Day-Lewis) y una actriz (Jill Balcon). El actor celebra hoy 54 años. En sus festejos no estarán Julia Roberts ni Winona Ryder, que si bien mantuvieron una
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THE FILM ISSUE; The New Frontier's Man
NYTimes - over 9 years
IN 1976, WHEN HE WAS 19, Daniel Day-Lewis, who is British and was trained in the grand theatrical tradition of Shakespeare and the classics, saw ''Taxi Driver'' and, despite the considerable weight and seeming obligation of his heritage, realized that what he longed to be was an American actor. ''It was a real illumination,'' Day-Lewis told me late
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Balcon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 80
    Balcon was an avid theatre and opera goer, loved travel (especially to Italy), and had a wide circle of friends. In 1977, he died peacefully at Upper Parrock, the 15th century house set on a Sussex hilltop near the Kent border where he and his wife had lived since the Second World War.
    More Details Hide Details He was cremated and his ashes buried there. A pub in Ealing, "The Sir Michael Balcon" is named in his honour.
  • 1963
    Age 66
    The firm went bankrupt in 1963 with Balcon taking over British Lion Films.
    More Details Hide Details Still, he was proud to be associated with the British New Wave; the last film on which he worked as executive producer was Tom Jones (1963), after which he continued to encourage young directors, serving as chairman of the British Film Institute production board and funding low-budget experimental work.
  • 1959
    Age 62
    In 1959 Balcon became chairman of Bryanston Films, a subsidiary of British Lion Films.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 59
    As a result, Balcon left Rank in 1956 and set up the production company Ealing Films, striking a distribution and production deal with MGM.
    More Details Hide Details This meant that MGM would handle the worldwide distribution of the company's films, and Balcon's company would shoot them at MGM-British Studios in Borehamwood.
  • 1948
    Age 51
    Besides Hitchcock, he worked with Basil Dearden, Michael Relph and many other significant figures of British film. He was knighted in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details In 1944, Ealing Studios had been taken over by the Rank Organisation, which in 1955 sold the studio to the BBC.
  • FORTIES
  • 1938
    Age 41
    When Balcon was invited by an old associate of his, Reginald Baker to head Ealing Studios in 1938, he readily agreed.
    More Details Hide Details Under his benevolent leadership and surrounded by a reliable team of directors, writers, technicians and actors, Ealing became the most famous British studio in the world, despite turning out no more than six feature films a year. Went the Day Well? Dead of Night, Undercover (1943) and of course the Ealing Comedies were released during his time there. Other films from the studio include Dance Hall (1950) with Petula Clark and Diana Dors; and The Blue Lamp (also 1950), whose lead character, George Dixon, took his name from Balcon's school, and later resurfaced in the long-running television drama Dixon of Dock Green. In his 1969 autobiography, Michael Balcon Presents... A Lifetime of Films, he wrote that his years at Ealing Studios were "the most rewarding years in my personal career, and perhaps one of the most fruitful periods in the history of British film production."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1936
    Age 39
    By 1936, Gaumont was looking for an entry into the American market, and Balcon spent several months in the country forming links with the big Hollywood studios.
    More Details Hide Details On his return, he found Gaumont in financial ruin and joined MGM-British Studios that November. The year and a half he spent there was a trying period for Balcon, who clashed frequently with studio head Louis B. Mayer. During this period, Balcon lived at 57a Tufton Street, Westminster, where a plaque marks his former home.
  • 1934
    Age 37
    He also helped individuals escape Nazi Germany, including the actor Conrad Veidt, who had starred in his 1934 film Jew Suss.
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  • 1931
    Age 34
    Still, between 1931 and 1936, Balcon produced a number of classics, including a string of Hitchcock successes (like The 39 Steps) and Man of Aran, known as 'Balcon's folly' for going well over budget.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 27
    On 10 April 1924, Balcon married Aileen Freda Leatherman (1904–1988), daughter of Max Jacobs and Beatrice Leatherman, born in Middlesex, but brought up in Johannesburg.
    More Details Hide Details In 1946, Aileen was appointed an MBE for her war work. Their marriage was happy and lasted until Balcon's death. They had two children: Jill (1925–2009), and Jonathan (1931-2012). His daughter Jill Balcon became an actress, his son-in-law Cecil Day-Lewis was an Irish-born Poet Laureate, and his grandson is the thrice Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis. His granddaughter is the television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 18
    He worked as a jeweller's apprentice, was turned down for service in the First World War because of defective eyesight, and joined the Dunlop Rubber Company's huge plant at Aston Cross in 1915, rising to become personal assistant to the managing director. After the war, Balcon's friend Victor Saville suggested a partnership to establish a film distribution company. The company, Victory Motion Pictures, led to them settling in London, and an office in Soho was opened in 1921.
    More Details Hide Details In 1923, their first feature film was released, the successful melodrama Woman to Woman, starring Clive Brook and Betty Compson and directed by Graham Cutts. They leased Islington Studios and formed the more long-lasting Gainsborough Pictures. The studio, recently vacated by the Hollywood company Famous Players-Lasky (later Paramount Pictures) was small but well equipped and fully staffed. A young Alfred Hitchcock was one of its employees. Balcon gave Hitchcock his first directing opportunity, and Gainsborough gained a reputation for producing high-quality films. By the late 1920s, Balcon's independence had eroded and Gainsborough became an extension of the Gaumont Film Company.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Age 10
    Growing up in a respectable but impoverished setting, in 1907 Balcon won a scholarship to Birmingham's George Dixon Grammar School, where a plaque is erected, but had to leave in 1913 owing to his family's financial needs.
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  • 1896
    Born
    Born on May 19, 1896.
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