Anthony Asquith

Anthony Asquith

Birth
Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 20 Feb 1968 (aged 65)
Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Sutton Courtenay, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire, England
Memorial ID 93081789 · View Source
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He was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951), among other adaptations. His other notable films include Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), The Way to the Stars (1945), and a 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. during the First World War, and Margot Asquith who was responsible for 'Puffin' as his family nickname. He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford. The film industry was viewed as disreputable when Asquith was young, and according to the actor Jonathan Cecil, a family friend, he entered his profession in order to escape his background. At the end of the 1920s he began his career with the direction of four silent films the last of which, A Cottage on Dartmoor established his reputation with its meticulous and often emotionally moving frame composition. Pygmalion (1938) was based on the George Bernard Shaw play featuring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. He was a longtime friend and colleague of Terence Rattigan, they collaborated on ten films, and producer Anatole de Grunwald. His later films included Rattigan's The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951), and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 4 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93081789
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anthony Asquith (9 Nov 1902–20 Feb 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93081789, citing All Saints Churchyard, Sutton Courtenay, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .