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The Day Shall Dawn: The opening ceremony


The Day Shall Dawn: A run in with the police
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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One night there was a big splash and the next morning it turned out that... yes, Kardar said, 'The bandits tried to rob us but I caught this guy and I threw him in the river'. Only it transpired that the person he'd thrown in the river was actually the local policeman and there weren't any bandits. We never saw any bandits. The captains were always going on, 'The bandits! The bandits! I'm not going...' The dacoits, you know, they're called the dacoits in Indian language. And... 'I'm not leaving. If we don't leave immediately I'm not leaving!' But we never saw a dacoit. The nearest we got was that incident when he threw the policeman in the river.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: The Day Shall Dawn

Duration: 35 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008