Ronald NEAME
* 23.04.1911, London, England, GB † 16.06.2010, Los Angeles, USA

Regisseur, Kameramann, Produzent * nach dem frühen Tod seines Vaters (1923) verläßt die Schule und beginnt als Botenjunge [office boy] bei einer Ölgesellschaft und später bei British International Pictures in den Elstree Studios * kurzzeitig als Portraitfotograf tätig - 1929 entscheidet sich für die bewegten Bilder und arbeitet als assistant cameraman/camera operator * 1935 steigt zum Kameramann auf und filmt bis 1945 ca. 40 Produktionen (Major Barbara, 1940; In Which We Serve, 1942) * Mitgründer der Produktionsfirma Cineguild - 1943-48 arbeitet eng mit David Lean zusammen (in verschiedenen Funktionen, vor allem aber als Produzent) * 1947 setzt sich erstmals auf den Regiestuhl (Take My Life) * 1952-60 dreht drei Filme mit Alec Guinness (darunter Neames Lieblingsfilm Tunes of Glory, 1960) * 1957 verläßt die Rank Organisation und gründet mit John Bryan Knightsbridge [Films] * inszeniert gelegentlich auch amerikanische Produktionen (Gambit, 1966; größter kommerzieller Erfolg The Poseidon Adventure, 1972) * 1986 letzte Kinoarbeit (Foreign Body) * lehrt Filmregie an der UCLA * 2003 veröffentlicht seine Autobiografie
FILMS
# Take My Life (1947-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Winston Graham, Valerie Taylor; Margaret Kennedy, K: Guy Green, M: William Alwyn, D: Hugh Williams: Nicholas Talbot * Greta Gynt: Phillipa Shelley * Marius Goring: Sidney Fleming) 79m-Thrillerdrama (4704-BBFC)
# Golden Salamander (Der goldene Salamander, 1949-GB; R: Ronald Neame, B: Lesley Storm & Victor Canning & Ronald Neame, K: Oswald Morris, M: William Alwyn, D: Trevor Howard: David Redfern * Anouk Aimee: Anna) 87m-Abenteuer (Roman von Victor Canning) (5002)
# The Card (Der Unwiderstehliche, 1952-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Eric Ambler, K: Oswald Morris, M: William Alwyn, D: Alec Guinness: Edward Henry Machin ° Glynis Johns: Ruth Earp ° Valerie Hobson: Countess of Chell ° Petula Clark: Nellie Cotterill) 88/91m-Tragikomödie (Roman von Arnold Bennett) (5202)
# The Million Pound Note (Sein größter Bluff, 1953-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Jill Craigie, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: William Alwyn, D: Gregory Peck: Henry Adams, Ronald Squire: Oliver Montpelier, A.E. Matthews: Duke of Frognal, Wilfrid Hyde-White: Roderick Montpelier & Jane Griffiths: Portia) 91m-Komödie (short story von Mark Twain, 1893) (04-?; 5401)
# The Man Who Never Was (Der Mann, den es nie gab, 1955-GB; R: Ronald Neame, B: Nigel Balchin, K: Oswald Morris, M: Alan Rawsthorne, D: Clifton Webb: Lt Cmdr Ewen Montagu * Gloria Grahame: Lucy Sherwood) 102/5m-Kriegsthriller (Buch von Ewen Montagu, 1953) (5603)
# The Seventh Sin (Hongkong war ihr Schicksal, 1956/57-USA) (Roman von W. Somerset Maugham) (10-02; 5706)
# Windom's Way (Mann im Feuer, 1957-GB; R: Ronald Neame, B: Jill Craigie, K: Christopher Challis, M: James Bernard, D: Peter Finch: Alec Windom * Mary Ure: Lee Windom) 108m-Drama (Roman von James Ramsey Ullman) (5712)
# The Horse's Mouth (Des Pudels Kern, 1958-GB * Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh) (Roman von Joyce Cary) (01-02; 5902)
# Tunes of Glory (Einst ein Held, 1960-GB * Alec Guinness, John Mills) (Roman von James Kennaway)
# Escape from Zahrain (Flucht aus Zahrain, 1961-USA; R: Ronald Neame, B: Robin Estridge, K: Ellsworth Fredericks, M: Lyn Murray, D: Yul Brynner: Sharif, Sal Mineo: Ahmed, Jack Warden: Huston, Madlyn Rhue: Laila) 93m-Abenteuer (Roman von Michael Barrett, 1960) (6205)
# I Could Go On Singing (Bretter, die die Welt bedeuten, 1962-GB * Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde) (6303)
# The Chalk Garden (Das Haus im Kreidegarten, 1963-GB; R: Ronald Neame, B: John Michael Hayes, K: Arthur Ibbetson, M: Malcolm Arnold, D: Deborah Kerr: Miss Madrigal * Hayley Mills: Laurel * John Mills: Maitland) 106m-Drama (Bk von Enid Bagnold) (6404)
# Mister Moses (Südlich vom Pangani-Fluß, 1964-GB; R: Ronald Neame, B: Charles Beaumont & Monja Danischewsky, K: Oswald Morris, M: John Barry, D: Robert Mitchum: Joe Moses * Carroll Baker: Julie Anderson) 103/15m-Abenteuer (Roman von Max Catto, 1961) (6507)
# A Man Could Get Killed (Willkommen, Mister B., 1965-USA; R: Ronald Neame & Cliff Owen, B: Richard L. Breen & T.E.B. Clarke, K: Gabor Pogany, M: Bert Kaempfert, D: James Garner: William Beddoes * Melina Mercouri: Aurora/Celeste da Costa * Sandra Dee: Amy Franklin * Tony/Anthony Franciosa: Steve/Antonio) 99m-Komödie (Roman von David Walker) (6603)
# Gambit (Das Mädchen aus der Cherry-Bar, 1966-USA) (?-03; 6612)
# The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Die besten Jahre der Miß Jean Brodie, 1968-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Jay Presson Allen, K: Ted Moore, M: Rod McKuen, D: Maggie Smith: Jean Brodie, Robert Stephens: Teddy Lloyd, Pamela Franklin: Sandy, Gordon Jackson: Gordon Lowther, Celia Johnson: Miss Mackay) 116m-Psychodrama (Roman von Muriel Spark, 1961 + Bk von Jay Presson Allen) (6902)
# Scrooge (1970-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Leslie Bricusse, K: Oswald Morris, M: Leslie Bricusse, D: Albert Finney: Ebenezer Scrooge, Alec Guinness: Jacob Marleys Geist, Edith Evans, Kenneth More: Ghost of Christmas Present) 113m-Musikkomödie (Erzählung/Roman von Charles Dickens) (7011)
# The Poseidon Adventure (Die Höllenfahrt der Poseidon, 1972-USA * Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters) (Roman von Paul Gallico) (7212)
# The Odessa File / Die Akte Odessa (1974-GB/D; d: Ronald Neame, B: Kenneth Ross & George Markstein, K: Oswald Morris, M: Andrew Lloyd Weber, D: Jon Voight: Peter Miller * Maximilian Schell: Eduard Roschmann, Maria Schell: Frau Miller) 129m-Politthriller (Roman von Frederick Forsyth) (7410-USA)
# Meteor (1977/78-USA) (10-01; 7910)
# Hopscotch (1979/80-USA) (Roman von Brian Garfield) (8009)
# First Monday in October (Ein Montag im Oktober, 1980/81-USA; d: Ronald Neame, B: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee, K: Fred J. Koenekamp, MA: Ian Fraser, D: Walter Matthau: Dan Snow * Jill Clayburgh: Ruth Loomis) 98m-Komödie (Bk von Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee) (8108)
# Foreign Body (R.A.M.S., 1985/86-GB; d: Ronald Neame, B: Celine La Freniere, K: Ronnie Taylor, M: Ken Howard, D: Victor Banerjee: Ram Das, Trevor Howard: Dr. Stirrup, Warren Mitchell: I.Q. Patel, Geraldine McEwan: Lady Ammanford, Denis Quilley: Premierminister, Amanda Donohoe: Susan Partridge) 111m-Komödie (Roman von Roderick Mann) (11-?; 8609-USA/BBFC)
AWARDS
> Academy Fellowship [BAFTA Awards 1996]
> Britannia Award [BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards 2005]
BOOK
> Ronald Neame (with Barbara Roisman Cooper): Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Ronald Neame: An Autobiography. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2003

Ronald Neame's autobiography takes its title from one of his best-loved films, The Horse's Mouth (1958), starring Alec Guinness. In an informative and entertaining style, Neame discusses the making of that film, along with several others, including In Which We Serve, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Tunes of Glory, I Could Go on Singing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Scrooge, The Poseidon Adventure, and Hopscotch. Straight from the Horse's Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present. Aside from Neame's own writing, the book contains original commentary by many of his contemporaries and associates including Alec Guinness, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Shirley MacLaine, Walter Matthau, John Mills and Shelley Winters. Includes more than 40 photos! > paperback, 328 pp.
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