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Also Known As: Asquith (Puffin) Died: February 20, 1968
Born: November 9, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, editor, production supervisor, assistant director

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With H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and others, Asquith founded London's Film Society in 1925, and after a filmmaking apprenticeship in Hollywood, returned to England as a director in 1928. Along with Alfred Hitchcock, he was considered a major force in the British cinema during the 1930s and 40s. Beginning with his directing debut, "Shooting Stars" (co-directed with A.V. Bramble; 1928) which utilized experimental visual effects and "A Cottage on Dartmoor" (1929), a portrait of British life notable for its use of sound, Asquith became recognized for his tasteful, restrained and civilized quasi-documentary portraits of British life and manners.With his superb film version of Shaw's "Pygmalion" (1938; co-directed with Leslie Howard), Asquith also began turning out expertly crafted theatrical adaptations, one of the finest of which is the delicious "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). From 1938 he began a profitable collaboration with playwright-screenwriter Terrence Rattigan, creating emotional studies of people under stress including, perhaps their finest joint work, "The Way to the Stars" (1945) as well as "The Winslow Boy" (1948), and "The Browning Version" (1950), and continuing through...

With H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and others, Asquith founded London's Film Society in 1925, and after a filmmaking apprenticeship in Hollywood, returned to England as a director in 1928. Along with Alfred Hitchcock, he was considered a major force in the British cinema during the 1930s and 40s. Beginning with his directing debut, "Shooting Stars" (co-directed with A.V. Bramble; 1928) which utilized experimental visual effects and "A Cottage on Dartmoor" (1929), a portrait of British life notable for its use of sound, Asquith became recognized for his tasteful, restrained and civilized quasi-documentary portraits of British life and manners.

With his superb film version of Shaw's "Pygmalion" (1938; co-directed with Leslie Howard), Asquith also began turning out expertly crafted theatrical adaptations, one of the finest of which is the delicious "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). From 1938 he began a profitable collaboration with playwright-screenwriter Terrence Rattigan, creating emotional studies of people under stress including, perhaps their finest joint work, "The Way to the Stars" (1945) as well as "The Winslow Boy" (1948), and "The Browning Version" (1950), and continuing through Asquith's last film, "The Yellow Rolls Royce" (1964). Son of liberal prime minister Lord Herbert Asquith.

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DIRECTOR:

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  An Evening With The Royal Ballet (1965) Dir of "Les Sylphides" and "Aurora's Wedding"
2.
  The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965) Director
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  Two Living, One Dead (1964) Director
4.
  The V.I.P.s (1963) Director
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  Guns of Darkness (1962) Director
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  The Millionairess (1961) Director
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  Libel (1959) Director
8.
  The Doctor's Dilemma (1959) Director
9.
  Orders to Kill (1958) Director
10.
  Carrington V.C. (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 A Cottage on Dartmoor (1930) Bespectacled Man In Cinema
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1925:
Co-founded Film Society
1926:
Went to Hollywood to study filmmaking methods
1928:
Returned to England to assist Sinclair Hall on film, "Boadicea"
1928:
First film as co-director (with A.V. Bramble), "Shooting Stars" (also screenwriter and editor)
1928:
Solo film directing debut, "Underground"
1930:
Co-directed (with Geoffrey Barkas) first sound film, "Tell England"
1937:
Became first president of Association of Cinematographic Technicians
1939:
First collaboration with Terrence Rattigan, filming his play, "French Without Tears"
1945:
Formed International Screenplays with Terrence Rattigan and Anatole de Grunwald
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Directed ballets starring Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for British TV in the mid-1950s
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Education

Summer Fields: -
Balliol College, Oxford University: - 1926

Notes

Named a Commander of the Order of Al Merito della Republica in Italy.

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father:
Herbert Asquith. Politician. Served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916.
mother:
Margot Tennant. Second wife of Herbert Asquith.
great-niece:
Helena Bonham Carter. Actor.

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"Anthony Asquith"
"'Puffin' Asquith"

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