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Bryan Forbes, 1926-2013


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[bBC obituary|http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22459886]

 

Forbes started as an actor in the late 1940s, although he's probably much better remembered as a director. Forbes' directorial credits inclde *The L-Shaped Room*, *King Rat*, and *The Stepford Wives*, for a pretty varied selection of movies. Forbes also wrote the screenplay to *The League of Gentlemen*, in which he was one of the many stars playing cashiered British Army officers who try to rob a bank, and nearly get away with it if it weren't for that meddling kid.

 

Forbes is survived by his wife of 58 years, actress Nanette Newman.

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Yes, he directed SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, THE WRONG BOX, and THE WHISPERERS, among the other titles already mentioned.

 

 

TCM had already scheduled an evening of his films for the July schedule. Unfortunately, that will now be a memorial tribute.

 

 

Fedya, thanks very much for posting this. I would love for the TCM Film Festival to program KING RAT with some combination of Tom Courtenay, James Fox, George Segal, or perhaps Forbes' widow, Nanette Newman, in attendance. The recent film QUARTET showed that Tom Courtenay, at least, is in great shape for his age.

 

 

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> TCM had already scheduled an evening of his films for the July schedule. Unfortunately, that will now be a memorial tribute.

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I wish they'd show "Deadfall" (1968) someday soon. It was directed by Forbes and stars Sir Michael Caine and Nanette Newman. It has a noteworthy John Barry score and a killer theme song performed by Dame Shirley Bassey!

 

 

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it's sad to read of Forbes passing. his work is an emphatic statement for quality storytelling in movies.

 

the list of films mentioned so far calls for more than an evening in tribute to Forbes. the evening of Forbes films now on the schedule should be changed to a 24 hour period in July for movies showcasing his work, especially the rarely seen Whistle Down the Wind.

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