Ossie Morris Interview (1988)

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Ossie Morris interviewed by Alan Lawson about his life and career. Cameraman Ossie Morris talks widely about working with the director John Huston, telling numerous stories and anecdotes about Huston and various actors, including Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Errol Flynn. He talks about the shooting of "Moby Dick", "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison", "Root of Heaven", "The Man Who Would Be King", and "The Mackintosh Man", including stories behind finding locations and organising sets, etc. Beside Huston, Ossie Morris also talks about working with Ronnie Neame, and also, with Selznick and De Sica on the film "Statione Termine". He mentions some of the problems that arose on set, of the strained relations between the two joint directors and situations arising with some of the actors, namely Jennifer Jones. He then goes on to discuss working with Carol Reed on "The Key" and "Oliver!", and of his experiences in Cuba with him working on "Our Man in Havana". Other directors he talks of include: Tony Richardson, Rene Clement, Lee Thompson - on "The Guns of Navarone", Sidney Lumet, Zeffirelli, and Kubrick. Apart from particular films and directors, Ossie Morris also discusses working in America - with exchanges, studios and American crews, the ACTT, technical aspects of his work as a cameraman, and the National Film School.

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