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Also Known As: Alan J S Bridges Died:
Born: September 28, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: director, actor

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After studying at RADA and abandoning a career as an actor, Alan Bridges found his calling behind the camera. During the 1960s, he became one of the most prolific and esteemed directors working in British television. In 1964, Bridges jumped to the big screen with "Act of Murder", a modest whodunit that included a love triangle among an actor, his mistress and her husband. Over the course of his career, the director brought a feel for actors and a sophisticated understanding of the English class structure to bear on finely observed dramas. Despite a limited feature output, Bridges directed what some consider as two minor masterpieces. "The Hireling" (1973), which took the Palme d'Or at Cannes and featured strong central performances by Sarah Miles (as an upper-crust woman on the verge of a breakdown) and Robert Shaw as her chauffeur, explored the social barriers between employer and employee. "The Shooting Party" (1984) offered a superbly rendered look at the changes in class structures at the end of the Edwardian era.

After studying at RADA and abandoning a career as an actor, Alan Bridges found his calling behind the camera. During the 1960s, he became one of the most prolific and esteemed directors working in British television. In 1964, Bridges jumped to the big screen with "Act of Murder", a modest whodunit that included a love triangle among an actor, his mistress and her husband. Over the course of his career, the director brought a feel for actors and a sophisticated understanding of the English class structure to bear on finely observed dramas. Despite a limited feature output, Bridges directed what some consider as two minor masterpieces. "The Hireling" (1973), which took the Palme d'Or at Cannes and featured strong central performances by Sarah Miles (as an upper-crust woman on the verge of a breakdown) and Robert Shaw as her chauffeur, explored the social barriers between employer and employee. "The Shooting Party" (1984) offered a superbly rendered look at the changes in class structures at the end of the Edwardian era.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Shooting Party, The (1984) Director
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  Age of Innocence (1977) Director
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  Out Of Season (1975) Director
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  Brief Encounter (1974) Director
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  Hireling, The (1973) Director
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  Shelley (1972)
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  Act of Murder (1965) Director
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  Displaced Person (1985) Director

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Worked three years as Welfare Officer in Royal Army Education Corps, staging plays, occasionally acting; then attended RADA
1961:
Began working in British TV
1964:
Directorial debut "Act of Murder"
1967:
Staged Ibsen's "Ghosts" for Royal Shakespeare Co., London
1970:
Directed the first British version of a teleplay by Ingmar Bergman, translated by Paul Britten Austin, "The Lie" (BBC)
1973:
Breakthrough feature, "The Hireling"; won Palme d'or at Cannes
1974:
US TV directing debut, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Crown Matrimonial" (NBC)
1974:
Helmed the small screen remake of "Brief Encounter", co-starring Sophia Loren and Richard Burton; aired on NBC as part of "Hallmark Hall of Fame"; aired in London in 1976
1980:
Directed the Dennis Potter teleplay "Rain on the Roof" for London Weekend Television
1984:
Last feature to date "The Shooting Party"
1985:
Helmed the "American Playhouse" production "Displaced Person" (PBS)
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Education

Dovedale Road School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -

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wife:
Anne Castle. Actor.

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