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Also Known As: Benjamin Huntington Wright, Ben H. Wright Died: July 2, 1989
Born: May 5, 1915 Cause of Death: complications following heart bypass surgery
Birth Place: London, UK Profession: actor

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Pioneering British documentarian who helped John Grierson forge the movement in the early 1930s, first at the Empire Marketing Board and then at its successor, the GPO film unit. In the mid-1930s Wright directed "Song of Ceylon" (1934) and "Night Mail" (1936, with words by W.H. Auden); the films combined lyricism (the influence of Robert Flaherty) and social realism (the influence of Grierson) and remain landmarks of the documentary genre.Wright then turned his attention to producing (under his Realist Film Unit, founded 1938) and writing, but returned to directing in the late 1940s, again blending poetic and realist strains in films such as "Waters of Time" (1951), on the River Thames, and "The Immortal Land" (1958), about Greece.A noted film critic and noted lecturer, Wright has authored two books: "The Use of Film" (1948) and "The Long View" (1974), a history of the cinema.

Pioneering British documentarian who helped John Grierson forge the movement in the early 1930s, first at the Empire Marketing Board and then at its successor, the GPO film unit. In the mid-1930s Wright directed "Song of Ceylon" (1934) and "Night Mail" (1936, with words by W.H. Auden); the films combined lyricism (the influence of Robert Flaherty) and social realism (the influence of Grierson) and remain landmarks of the documentary genre.

Wright then turned his attention to producing (under his Realist Film Unit, founded 1938) and writing, but returned to directing in the late 1940s, again blending poetic and realist strains in films such as "Waters of Time" (1951), on the River Thames, and "The Immortal Land" (1958), about Greece.

A noted film critic and noted lecturer, Wright has authored two books: "The Use of Film" (1948) and "The Long View" (1974), a history of the cinema.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Love Me Tender (1956) Dialogue Director
2.
  Seven Cities of Gold (1955) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Laughterhouse (1984) Rollo
2.
 Turnover Smith (1980) Franz Gerhardt
3.
4.
 Arnold (1974) Jonesy
7.
 Stranger, The (1973) Doctor
9.
 Search (1972) Kurt Von Niestat
10.
 All My Darling Daughters (1972) Cater
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1934:
British stage acting debut
1946:
Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)

Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

Not to be confused with the young stage actor who appeared in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (1988) and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "State Fair" (1995).

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wife:
Joan Kemp-Welch. Director, actor, producer. Born on September 23, 1906; died on July 5, 1999; divorced.

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