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Also Known As: Died: November 25, 2002
Born: July 21, 1926 Cause of Death: died from a blood disorder
Birth Place: Profession: Director ...
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1938:
Moved to England
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Joined Czech squadron of Royal Air Force; war ended before he saw service
1945:
Repatriated to Czechoslovakia
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Returned to England
1947:
Taught grammar school in London
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Worked as film critic
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Was program director for National Film Theatre, London
1955:
Film debut as co-director (with Tony Richardson), "Momma Don't Allow", a 22-minute documentary short
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Made instructional and promotional films for Ford Motor Company
1957:
Co-produced Lindsay Anderson's documentary "Every Day Except Christmas"
1959:
First solo directing effort, the documentary "We Are the Lambeth Boys"; also produced
1960:
Feature film directing debut, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"; scripted by Alan Sillitoe from his semiautobiographical novel; starred Albert Finney
1963:
Produced Anderson's "This Sporting Life"
1964:
Reteamed with Finney (who co-produced and starred in) remake of "Night Must Fall"
1966:
Directed the decidedly offbeat gem, "Morgan--A Suitable Case for Treatment"; Vanessa Redgrave's feature debut for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
1968:
Reunited with Redgrave for "Isadora", for which she received an other Best Actress Academy Award nomination
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Made commercials
1974:
First American feature, "The Gambler", scripted by James Toback and starring James Caan
1978:
Helmed "Who'll Stop the Rain?", adapted by Judith Roscoe and Robert Stone from the latter's novel "Dog Soldiers"; starred Nick Nolte
1981:
Directed screen version of John Fowles' novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman", adapted by Harold Pinter and starring Meryl Streep who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
1985:
Helmed "Sweet Dreams", a biopic of country singer Patsy Cline starring Jessica Lange (who was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award)
1990:
Last feature to date, "Everybody Wins", adapted by Arthur Miller from his play "Some Kind of Love Story"; starred Nolte and Debra Winger
1991:
Directed off-Broadway production of "Gardenia"
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Helmed London stage production of "The Deep Blue Sea"
1995:
Broadway directing debut, Pinter's "Moonlight", with Jason Robards and Blythe Danner

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