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Davis, Carl (1936-)


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Although born in New York (on 28 October 1936), Carl Davis is one of the great names in British film music, not just for such BAFTA-winning scores as that for The French Lieutenant's Woman (d. Karel Reisz, 1981) or as music director for Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (UK/US, 2000), but also for his scores for Kevin Brownlow's lovingly restored silent classics, including Greed (US, d. Erich von Stroheim, 1925) and Napoléon (France, d. Abel Gance, 1927).

He has also scored such notable TV series as The World at War (ITV, 1973-74) and Dance to the Music of Time (Channel 4, 1997), has composed for many stage productions and is a conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He married actress Jean Boht (b. Bebington, 1936), who appeared in several British films including Distant Voices, Still Lives (d. Terence Davies, 1988).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Spy drama adapted from Somerset Maugham's stories

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Lavish drama series set in India during the British Raj

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Mike Leigh comedy about the private lives of three postmen

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BBC TV Shakespeare version with Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire

Thumbnail image of Mad Jack (1970)Mad Jack (1970)

Poignent drama about the anti-war campaign of poet Siegfried Sassoon

Thumbnail image of Mayor of Casterbridge, The (1978)Mayor of Casterbridge, The (1978)

Dennis Potter adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel

Thumbnail image of Merchant of Venice, The (1974)Merchant of Venice, The (1974)

Jonathan Miller's production starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright

Thumbnail image of Naked Civil Servant, The (1975)Naked Civil Servant, The (1975)

John Hurt's breakthrough role as the flamboyantly gay Quentin Crisp

Thumbnail image of Pride and Prejudice (1995)Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Andrew Davies' memorable Austen update

Thumbnail image of Private Schulz (1981)Private Schulz (1981)

WWII comedy drama about a reluctant SS soldier with big dreams

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