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The Girl in Black: the rescue scene and English tourists
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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So there's the big scene where all the villagers gathered at the waterside to await the boats that are coming in from having rescued the children, and when they get near to the shore, of course a great panic breaks out, a great shout goes up, and that moment I start the hand-holding, and then there's a tremendous amount of shouting and screaming that goes on, orchestrated by Cacoyannis, egging on all the villagers, because all these parts are played by people from Hydra. There's no actors apart from the main actors. It all went very, very well, but afterwards, when it was all finished, I had some- there were some English tourists watching and they came up to me and they said- you're English? I said- yes. He said- don't you mind all that screaming and shouting? I said- no, it's wonderful. I'm not actually English, you see, so I'm not used to these, never raise your voice, ideas. It's not actually natural to me. I love the screaming and shouting.

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, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008