New PDF release: A Retake Please!: Night Mail to Western Approaches

By Pat Jackson

ISBN-10: 0853239436

ISBN-13: 9780853239437

This memoir is an strange contribution to the heritage of movie and cinema. At its centre is the tale of the making of the British movie vintage Western techniques, the 1st tale documentary in Technicolor, absolutely enacted by means of amateurs. It was once nominated for the simplest movie from any resource Oscar.

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O. C. True enough, in the early afternoon, a Rolls Royce drove down Bennett Park Road. The only form of red carpet to greet the great man was ‘the Chief’, John Grierson, who shepherded him through the studio to the stage. Having seen him arrive, this august presence, I hopped it to the sound van with Martin, who was now Ed Pawley’s assistant and responsible for loading and unloading the sound camera and its magazines. We could hear what was going on as Grierson played the host. He was not used to being upstaged but, of course, on this occasion he had no rank to pull.

M a ca u l a y : Yes, some of the muddling ones in the London lot. w i f e: Kensington? 8. w i f e: Kennington? m a ca u l a y (hesitates, looking to the ceiling): Wait a minute . . 11, isn’t it? w i f e (smiling encouragingly): Yes, well done. Grosvenor Square? 1. w i f e: No, Joe, that’s wrong, it’s in . . (As she looks down the list of 54 Rungs of the ladder answers a child starts to cry off scene and she leaves. ) Cut to scene 23 Interior of b e r t j o h n s o n ’s house. Camera focuses on a mass of crockery which litters the floor.

The next day I was able to cut the sound track so that the ‘te tum te tums’ exactly fitted the finger movements of the trainee. With the roar of the train laid over, nobody would ever know. Nobody ever did. We next moved up to Crewe, the main junction of the Midlands, where mail came in from all parts of the country. O. to be dropped off throughout the night as the train went north towards Scotland. Frank Brice, our electrician, had a massive job laying cables under the tracks to supply power from the generator to arc lights, for this sequence had to be filmed at night.

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