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This commercial was set in the St. Martin's School of Art and the idea was that- there's this class doing figure drawing, you know, nude drawing, and there's this model. And, of course, we couldn't show the- the breasts or anything like that, so there was this contrived setup where there's a- there's a one-bar electric heater positioned on a stand in front of this model, so it cuts out the bosom, you see. And then the- the story behind this commercial is that there's a boy in the class, or two boys in the class who, instead of looking at the- at the model, they're looking at the back of this girl with the blond hair who's got this beautifully shampooed blond hair. You see, it was a shampoo commercial, but it was totally ludicrous. It never got them any work. It was counterproductive you could say.

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.

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008