Denys Coop


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Berkshire, England, GB
Born
July 20, 1920
Died
August 16, 1981

Biography

Began career at age 16 assisting cinematographer Freddie Young. Coop graduated to full-fledged director of photography in 1961 and through the decade produced some of the most precise black-and-white images conjured in England, notably on the early John Schlesinger films, "A Kind of Loving" (1962) and "Billy Liar"( 1963), Lindsay Anderson's "This Sporting Life" (1963), Joseph Losey's "Ki...

Biography

Began career at age 16 assisting cinematographer Freddie Young. Coop graduated to full-fledged director of photography in 1961 and through the decade produced some of the most precise black-and-white images conjured in England, notably on the early John Schlesinger films, "A Kind of Loving" (1962) and "Billy Liar"( 1963), Lindsay Anderson's "This Sporting Life" (1963), Joseph Losey's "King and Counrty" (1964) and Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake is Missing" (1965). In 1978 he shared a special achievement Oscar for "Superman"'s special visual effects.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Venom (1981)
Cinematographer
Inserts (1976)
Director Of Photography
Rosebud (1975)
Director Of Photography
And Now The Screaming Starts (1973)
Director Of Photography
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Director Of Photography
The Darwin Adventure (1972)
Director of Photography
The Little Ark (1972)
Director of Photography
Asylum (1972)
Director Of Photography
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Director of Photography
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
2nd unit Photographer
The Executioner (1970)
Director of Photography
My Side of the Mountain (1969)
Director of Photography
The Birthday Party (1968)
Director of Photography
The Double Man (1968)
Director of Photography
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
Director of Photography
Traitor's Gate (1966)
Director of Photography
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Director of Photography
One Way Pendulum (1965)
Director of Photography
Of Human Bondage (1964)
Addl Photographer
King and Country (1964)
Director of Photography
This Sporting Life (1963)
Director of Photography
The Mind Benders (1963)
Director of Photography
Billy Liar (1963)
Director of Photography
Two and Two Make Six (1962)
2nd unit Photographer
Immoral Charge (1962)
Studio Camera op
Lolita (1962)
Camera Operator
A Kind of Loving (1962)
Director of Photography
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Camera Operator
The Girl on the Boat (1961)
Director Of Photography
Sons and Lovers (1960)
Camera Operator
The Entertainer (1960)
Camera Operator
Libel (1959)
Camera Operator
tom thumb (1958)
Camera Operator
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Camera Operator
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Camera Operator
Saint Joan (1957)
Camera Operator
The Rising of the Moon (1957)
Camera Operator
Zarak (1956)
Camera Operator
Safari (1956)
Camera Operator
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
Camera Operator
Richard III (1955)
Camera Operator
The Mudlark (1950)
Camera Operator
The Forbidden Street (1949)
Camera Operator
The Third Man (1949)
Camera Operator
The Fallen Idol (1948)
Camera Operator

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Superman II (1981)
Photography
Superman:The Movie (1978)
Photography

Life Events

1936

Began as camera assistant to Freddie Young (on "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "The Fallen Idol" and "The Third Man")

1961

First film as director of photography, "A Kind of Loving"

Videos

Movie Clip

Billy Liar (1963) - Open, Good Morning Housewives Fascinating opening title sequence from John Schlesinger's Billy Liar, 1963, starring Tom Courtenay, built around a radio program (Godfrey Winn the DJ) and shot primarily around Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
Billy Liar (1963) - Count Five And Tell The Truth Again ducking his two fianceès (Gwendolyn Watts, Helen Fraser) Tom Courtenay (title character), finds Liz (Julie Christie), then claims a song-writing credit, John Schlesinger shooting on location outside the Locarno Ballroom, Bradford, England, in Billy Liar, 1963.
Billy Liar (1963) - A Day Of Big Decisions Ignoring his Mum, Dad and Gram (Mona Washbourne, Wilfred Pickles and Ethel Griffies) Billy (Tom Courtenay) enjoys a waking dream (featuring Julie Christie) of the Republic of Ambrosia in the first narrative scene from Billy Liar, 1963, directed by John Schlesinger.
Billy Liar (1963) - She's Been All Over With pal Arthur (Rodney Bewes), Billy (Tom Courtenay), having just dodged his two fianceès, glimpses preferred friend Liz (Julie Christie, her first scene in her breakthrough film), turning heads in Bradford, West Yorkshire, John Schlesinger directing on location, in Billy Liar, 1963.
Billy Liar (1963) - Genius Or Madman? Hiding his un-mailed calendars from his parents (Mona Washbourne, Wilfred Pickles) , Billy (Tom Courtenay) imagines himself a crusading writer under-cover in prison, emerging (from the real Wormwood Scrubs, London) to universal acclaim, in John Schlesinger's Billy Liar, 1963.
Mind Benders, The (1963) - The Physics Of The Soul Following the suicide of Oxford professor Sharpey (Harold Goldblatt), military intelligence officer Hall (John Clements), who suspects he was a spy, is shown a film of his experiments in sensory deprivaton, with a first appearance by Dirk Bogarde as Longman, in The Mind Benders, 1963.
Mind Benders, The (1963) - What We're Not Daring To Say Scientist Tate (Michael Bryant) visits Oxford professor Longman (Dirk Bogarde), who’s been hiding out at home for weeks, indirectly reporting the death of their colleague Sharpey, with his wife (Mary Ure) reviewing a tape related to their experiments in sensory deprivation, in The Mind Benders, 1963.
Mind Benders, The (1963) - A Strong Sense Of Panic Professor Longman (Dirk Bogarde) heading to class at Oxford for the first time in weeks, after learning of the death of Sharpey, his colleague in experiments on sensory deprivation, receives Major Hall (John Clements), who suspects him of espionage, in The Mind Benders, 1963.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - The Fours Are Packing Up Mystified American Ann (Carol Lynley) can't find her daughter after the first day at the new London school, though a teacher (Jill Melford) is unworried, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965, co-starring Laurence Olivier.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - Have You Got A Snap? London Inspector Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) in his first scene, debriefing distraught American mom Ann (Carol Lynley) whose daughter has gone missing in her first day at school, husband Keir Dullea joining, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - Only Ten Minutes The Germanic cook (Lucie Mannheim) has bigger problems and happily assures American Ann (Carol Lynley) that she'll watch over her daughter in her first day at her new London school in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.
Fallen Idol, The (1948) - Au Revoir, Papa! Opening from director Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s story and screenplay, Bobby Henrey is Philippe, son of a European diplomat (Gerard Heinz), departing his embassy on London’s Belgrave Square, the boy’s chief interest Ralph Richardson, the butler and title character, in The Fallen Idol, 1948.

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