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      Karel Reisz

      Karel Reisz

      Highest Rated: 90% Sweet Dreams (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Everybody Wins (1990)

      Birthday: Jul 21, 1926

      Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

      Uprooted from a secure and comfortable home at the age of 12, Karel Reisz emigrated from his native Czechoslovakia one step ahead of the Nazi invasion and arrived in his adopted England knowing scarcely a word of its language. He went about becoming as English as possible, returning after a brief repatriation to a Czechoslovakia much changed by the war to study at Cambridge. Teaching grammar school brought him in contact with working-class students and their parents, broadening his teenage socialism and fascination with the disenfranchised. Writing for the influential film journals Sequence and Sight and Sound placed him in close proximity to the likes of Tony Richardson and Lindsay Anderson, with whom Reisz championed the British version of the auteur theory, believing that the best movies were those that expressed the personal vision of a single artist--the director. In 1953, he published "The Technique of Film Editing" (co-authored with Gavin Millar), a landmark study encompassing the theory, history and practice of editing. His extensive research for the project served as a great training ground for the would-be director.

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      13% 36% Everybody Wins Director $978.9K 1990
      90% 81% Sweet Dreams Director $9.0M 1985
      82% 67% The French Lieutenant's Woman Director - 1981
      77% 64% Who'll Stop the Rain? Director - 1978
      80% 77% The Gambler Director - 1974
      78% 64% Isadora Director - 1968
      68% 76% Morgan! Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 57% Night Must Fall Director,
      Producer
      - 1964
      87% 87% Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 50% We Are the Lambeth Boys Director - 1959