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Something for Everyone: Safety first


Something for Everyone: Cast and story
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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So we filmed, I think, something like 10 weeks. Michael York was in the film as well as Angela, and some very good German actors, including Heidelinde Meineke... Eva Maria Meineke and Heidelinde Weis, and Wolfried Lier played the sort of butler of the countess. The story is quite interesting. It was adapted from a novel called The Cook, which is... which has an anonymous author. And we never discovered who the real author was. He was very successfully hidden behind some pseudonym. And... In the novel, the Michael York character seduces everybody in turn, by his cooking, by his cooking skills. And that, of course, is very difficult to put in a movie. So he uses more conventional skills to seduce the family. But he seduces them one by one, and inveigles his way into the... worms his way into the centre of the family and becomes the countess' protégé and finally her husband. Well, I won't reveal the whole plot, because it's rather super.

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 Cook, Something for Everyone, Angela Lansbury, Michael York, Eva Maria Meineke, Heidelinde Weis, Wolfried Lier

Duration: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008