Peter T. Davies

Born: 30 July 1923, Hampstead, London
Died: 4 August 2009, Zurich

Highlighted works

  • 'Don't Look Now'

    "Don't Look Now"

    Set in off-season Venice, British director Nicolas Roeg’s tragedy combines an acute study of grief with a supernaturally charged thriller plot, to beautiful and devastating effect.

  • The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    In this stylish adaptation of Len Deighton’s thriller, secret agent Harry Palmer finds himself a pawn in a Cold War game.

  • Alfie

    Alfie

    Michael Caine sealed his screen stardom with this memorable portrayal of a cockney womaniser whose exploits seemingly typified the sexual freedoms of Swinging 60s London.

  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    The orphan and the spinster, the marshland and the metropolis: Dickens’s vivid characters and locales receive the breath of cinematic life in David Lean’s cherished adaptation.

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    Turbulent passion and middle-class restraint combine in uniquely English style when a married woman falls for a doctor she meets at a railway station.

  • Went the Day Well?

    In this adaptation of a Graham Greene story, women take on undercover Nazis with a variety of weapons.

  • The Way to the Stars

    The Way to the Stars

    Anthony Asquith directs a Terence Rattigan screenplay in this classic, which explores marriage in an age when death was just around the corner.

  • Perfect Strangers

    Deborah Kerr co-stars in Alexander Korda’s movie about the transformative powers of conscription.

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s audacious Technicolor fantasy, WWII airman David Niven finds himself summoned to heaven after surviving a plane crash that should have killed him.

  • The Foreman Went to France

    A factory foreman tries to rescue essential munitions equipment, with the help of a quick-witted American woman and two squaddies.

  • A Canterbury Tale

    A Canterbury Tale

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s underrated tale of the mysterious ‘glue man’ is one of their most moving films.

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier triumphed as actor and director in this stark and imposing screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama of tragic uncertainty.

  • Meet Me Tonight

    A compendium of three Noël Coward-penned stories that cover music hall mayhem, suburban suffering and a romp on the Riviera.

  • Henry V

    Henry V

    Conceived as a wartime morale-booster, Laurence Olivier’s groundbreaking reimagining of Shakespeare combines cinematic sweep with patriotic fervour.

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness plays a WWII British colonel whose perverse sense of duty leads him to help his Japanese captors build a bridge.

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