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Victor Saville

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Image of Victor Saville, Director and biography at ScreenOnline Accessed 1 December 2009


Victor Saville went into partnership with the director, Maurice Elvey, for whom he produced five films, including Mademoiselle from Armentieres (1926) and Hindle Wakes (1927).In 1927 he made his directorial debut with The Arcadians and the following year set up his own company, Burlington. In 1929 he went to America to re-shoot some scenes with sound for his second Burlington film, Kitty (1929), and whilst there teamed up with Balcon to direct a remake of Woman to Woman with sound (1929).

He directed 39 films between 1927 and 1954. He also produced 36 films between 1923 and 1962.  He will be best remembered for his films The Good Companions, Storm in a Teacup (1937), Hindle Wakes (1927/1931), South Riding (1938) and The Citadel (1938)– they address the issue of British class divisions in a society where economic depression had ruined the lives of many working people, a situation most British film-makers preferred to ignore. Dark Journey (1937) and The Mortal Storm (1940) speak out against the threat from Germany at a time when appeasement was a favoured strategy (in Britain and the USA respectively) for dealing with Hitler.

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Written by anneramsden

April 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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