Karel Reisz (21 July 1926 - 25 November 2002) was a Czech-born British filmmaker who was active in post-World War II Britain, and one of the pioneers of the new realist strain in British cinema during the 1950s and 1960s.
Reisz and Anderson produced and directed March to Aldermaston (1959), then Reisz alone directed We Are the Lambeth Boys (1959), a naturalistic depiction of the members of a South London boys' club, unusual in showing the leisure life of working-class teenagers as it was, with skiffle music and cigarettes, cricket, drawing and discussion groups. The film represented Britain at the Venice Film Festival. (The BBC made two follow-up films about the same people and youth club, broadcast in 1985.) He produced I Want to Go to School (1959) directed by John Krish.
From 1991 to 2001, Reisz focused on theatre directing in London, Dublin and Paris. He directed an adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea (1994) for British TV. In 1995, he directed Moonlight by Harold Pinter with Jason Robards and Blythe Danner. At a Beckett festival at Lincoln Center in 1996, he directed Happy Days. In 1999, he did Pinter's Ashes to Ashes, with Lindsay Duncan and David Strathairn at the Roundabout Theater Company. At the Pinter Festival at Lincoln Center in 2001, he staged A Kind of Alaska and Landscape. When the Gate Theater filmed all Beckett's stage plays, Reisz did Act Without Words I (2001).
Reisz and Blair in 1966
Reisz had three sons by his first wife Julia Coppard, whom he later divorced. Reisz wed Betsy Blair, former wife of Gene Kelly, in 1963 and remained married until his death.
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^Newsmakers: the people behind today's headlines 2004 "After the war's end, the boys learned that both parents had died at Auschwitz, the German-run concentration camp"
^Peter Worsley. An academic skating on thin ice, Page 52, 2008. "My best friend at College, Karel Reisz, a Czech, never told me what I only learned from his recent obituary - that both of his parents had been killed at Auschwitz."
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^Rule, John (1994). Saturday night and Sunday morning: time and the working classes. Southampton: University of Southampton. ISBN0854325247.
^Karel Reisz Gambles on Las Vegas By A. H. WEILER. New York Times 8 Apr 1973: 171.
^"Karel Reisz: From Viewer to Doer in the World Cinema," Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct 1974: q30.
^'We wanted to connect with British life in the way American cinema connected with American life. Politically our films were tangential.' Karel Reisz, his new film opening on Thursday, talks to Clancy Sigal
The Guardian 16 Dec 1978: 13.
^KAREL REISZ: 'Dog Soldiers' Dedicated Director
Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 30 May 1977: g8.
^Welsh, Jim (1982). "The Man Who Made the French Lieutenant's Woman". Literature Film Quarterly. 10 (1).
^John Guare play; Gardenia Drama by John Guare. Directed by Karel Reisz.Beufort, John. The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 1982.
^"Karel Reisz and His Three-Year Itch", Mann, Roderick. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep 1985: 18.
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