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Winning Oscars: 'Barry Lyndon' and 'The Madness of King George'


Eyes Wide Shut
Ken Adam Artist
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I didn't… I didn't like the last film he did. I... I thought… I can't remember what it was called, but it was based on a German novel, I think.

[Q] Eyes Wide Shut?

Yeah, Eyes Wide Shut, and I think even Christiane, his wife, tried to talk him out of doing the picture, but he had made up his mind. I don't think it was one of his better pictures and… but you know, my relationship with him was unique, and I never had such a relationship with a director. That's when things go wrong with a sensitive, creative person it really does go wrong, you know. If you don't give a shit about somebody you wouldn't be affected that way.

Sir Kenneth Adam (1921-2016), OBE, born Klaus Hugo Adam, was a production designer famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s. Initially, he trained as an architect in London, but in October 1943, he became one of only two German-born fighter pilots to fly with the RAF in wartime. He joined 609 Squadron where he flew the Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber. After the war, he entered the film industry, initially as a draughtsman on This Was a Woman. His portfolio of work includes Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George; he won an Oscar for both films. Having a close relationship with Stanley Kubrick, he also designed the set for the iconic war room in Dr Strangelove. Sir Ken Adam was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick, Chrisitiane Kubrick

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 11 November 2011