A report on Cinema of the United Kingdom

William Friese-Greene
Charles Urban, 1914.
Cecil Hepworth
Sir Oswald Stoll, 1922
Charlie Chaplin, c. 1918
Screenshot from the first film version of Alice in Wonderland (1903)
Leslie Howard
Alfred Hitchcock
Alexander Korda
Scott Sunderland, Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion (1938)
Deborah Kerr as Sister Clodagh in Black Narcissus (1947)
Terry-Thomas starred with Peter Sellers in four films between 1957 and 1959. Their last film, I'm All Right Jack, was the highest grossing film at the British box office in 1960
Christopher Lee in Dracula (1958)
Karel Reisz (centre) who was active in the Free Cinema and the 'British New Wave'
Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The war room in Dr. Strangelove (1963) was designed by Ken Adam
Glenda Jackson in 1971.
Peter Ustinov (pictured in 1986) starred as Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile (1978)
Richard Attenborough in 1983.
Terry Gilliam in 1985
Hugh Grant at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
David Heyman, who produced all eight instalments of the Harry Potter film series
Keira Knightley at the 68th Venice International Film Festival
Idris Elba in 2007. He is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors in North America, as of 2019.
Christopher Nolan directed several of the early 21st century's most critically and commercially successful films.
London IMAX cinema
Vue cinema, Leicester Square.

The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century.

- Cinema of the United Kingdom

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Powell and Pressburger

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The British film-making partnership of Michael Powell (1905–1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902–1988)—together often known as The Archers, the name of their production company—made a series of influential films in the 1940s and 1950s.

Caine in 2015

Michael Caine

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English actor.

English actor.

Caine in 2015
Caine in 1967
A blue plaque erected in 2003 marks Caine's birthplace at St Olave's Hospital in Rotherhithe, south-east London.
Caine in the trailer for Zulu (1964)
Caine (right) in Helsinki, Finland with André de Toth and Ken Russell in the filming of Billion Dollar Brain, in 1967
Caine in the trailer for Get Carter (1971)
Caine in 1979
Caine in London at the European premiere of The Dark Knight, July 2008
Caine (second from right) with the cast of Inception at 10 July premiere in 2010
Caine at the 2012 Vienna International Film Festival
Waxwork of Caine as Harry Palmer (from 1965's The Ipcress File) at Madame Tussauds, London
The artwork Hang On a Minute Lads, I've Got a Great Idea, the famous line by Caine at the end of The Italian Job (1969), by Richard Wilson on the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England
Caine with wife Shakira in Venice, Italy, in 2014
Caine with Scarlett Johansson at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, December 2008
Caine's handprints in Leicester Square, London

Known for his distinctive South London accent, he has appeared in more than 160 films in a career spanning seven decades, and is considered a British film icon.

BFI Top 100 British films

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In 1999, the British Film Institute surveyed 1,000 people from the world of British film and television to produce a list of the greatest British films of the 20th century.

The Kinks in 1967

Swinging Sixties

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Youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in the United Kingdom during the mid-to-late 1960s, emphasising modernity and fun-loving hedonism, with Swinging London as its centre.

Youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in the United Kingdom during the mid-to-late 1960s, emphasising modernity and fun-loving hedonism, with Swinging London as its centre.

The Kinks in 1967
Carnaby Street, c. 1968
The Mini became an icon of 1960s British popular culture, and featured in the 1969 caper film The Italian Job.

Swinging London also reached British cinema, which, according to the British Film Institute, "saw a surge in formal experimentation, freedom of expression, colour, and comedy".

Urban in 1914

Charles Urban

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Urban in 1914
'Urban Science Series' trademark, from a 1911 Kineto Ltd flyer

Charles Urban (April 15, 1867 – August 29, 1942) was an Anglo-American film producer and distributor, and one of the most significant figures in British cinema before the First World War.

Photograph of Walter R Booth published in 1898 (Davenport Collection)

Walter R. Booth

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Photograph of Walter R Booth published in 1898 (Davenport Collection)
Advertising flyer for Walter R Booth - Entertainer (Davenport Collection)

Walter Robert Booth (12 July 1869 – 1938) was a British magician and early pioneer of British film working first for Robert W. Paul and then Charles Urban mostly on "trick" films, where he pioneered techniques that led to what has been described as the first British animated film, The Hand of the Artist (1906).

US theatrical poster (1949)

A Canterbury Tale

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US theatrical poster (1949)
St George's Church tower, seen in the film after being gutted in the Baedeker raids (modern photograph)
Gibbs, Johnson and Smith
The Seven Sisters Soldier is standing behind Peter & Bob and Sergt. 'Stuffy' (Graham Moffatt) is asleep

A Canterbury Tale is a 1944 British film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger starring Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price and Sgt. John Sweet; Esmond Knight provided narration and played two small roles.

Cinema poster

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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Cinema poster

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 British romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Reisz in 1966

Karel Reisz

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Reisz in 1966
Reisz and Blair in 1966

Karel Reisz (21 July 1926 – 25 November 2002) was a Czech-born British filmmaker, one of the pioneers of the new realist strain in British cinema during the 1950s and 1960s.

Amicus Productions

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Amicus Productions was a British film production company, based at Shepperton Studios, England, active between 1962 and 1977.