Thursday, 9 May 2013

Bryan Forbes RIP

Another giant of cinema has passed away. British film director Bryan Forbes has died at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, at the age of 86, surrounded by his family (CLICK). He was a multi talent, his name a mark of quality in British cinema whether as actor, screenwriter, director or producer. He was a supporting actor in The Colditz Story (1955). He won critical acclaim for his screenplay of John Boland's novel The League of Gentlemen (1960). He made his directorial debut with the unforgetable Whistle Down the Wind (1961) starring young Hayley Mills. His subtle horror movie The Stepford Wives (1975) is a classic. In one of the movies he directed he expressed his love for his wife, actress Nanette Newman, with a poignant twirling sequence. In 2004 he was awarded Commander of the British Empire for services to the arts. The photo shows Bryan Forbes with his wife Nanette Newman, flanked by their daughters Sarah Standing and Emma Forbes.


At 9/5/13, Anonymous A. Sims said...

How very sad. He was a giant of British cinema and should have been awarded a knighthood. He was a gentleman. Let us hope that at least the BBC shows at least one of his films. He had a happy and loving enduring marriage to Nanette Newman and by Hollywood standards that was phenomenal. He did a lot for British cinema. My condolences to his family.

At 9/5/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Thanks for your comment. I agree he should have been knighted.


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