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Something for Everyone: Harold Prince's penultimate film


Something for Everyone: Angela Lansbury's close-ups
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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I must say that I'm rather proud of the close-ups of Angela in that movie because she was no longer 40, let's say, and there's a bedroom scene, which is very funny actually, cause at one point you start off on a pink dressing gown, on the back of it, and you think it's her and she walks away... the figure walks away from camera and it turns out that it's him. It's Michael York who's wearing the pink dressing gown and she's in bed. They've just made love and, in the prelude to that scene... at the beginning of that scene, there's some very nice close-ups of Angela, which I'm a bit proud of. The film was made, as all my films, were shot through either this net or the star filter which followed the net, and later on again, Tiffin developed another filter which was called Soft Net, which was based on the idea of the net. It was like a net within glass. And that particular type of filter has the advantage that it softens the image. It gives you a degree of diffusion which is nice for the close-ups of the faces and so on. And it also pastelises the colour. And in that... particularly in that bedroom scene there's some very nice pastelised colour and some very nice close-ups.

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: Something for Everyone, Angela Lansbury, Michael York

Duration: 1 minute, 32 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008