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Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough: Some of his famous films

Published on Aug 25, 2014 8:47 AM
 

Richard Attenborough, the British film legend who was much loved and highly regarded by both the public and his counterparts, died on Sunday, Aug 24, aged 90.

In addition to stints as an actor, producer, and director, he was also a member of the House of Lords, and a tireless contributor to charity causes. 

As the world mourns his passing, we look at 5 of Richard Attenborough's more famous screen involvements:

1.) In Which We Serve (1942) 

This British patriotic war film gave Attenborough his first screen role, and is based on the story of the HMS Kelly. 

A classic of British wartime cinema, the film contained many patriotic images, and was designed to boost morale during World War II. 

2.) Brighton Rock (1947) 

A classic British film noir that cast Attenborough as its main villian, Brighton Rock was based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Graham Greene. 

Its plot centres on a gang of assorted criminals, who are led by Attenborough's psychopathic character, Pinkie. 

3.) A Bridge Too Far (1977) 

One of the biggest productions in film history, A Bridge Too Far cost US$22 million to produce - an astronomical sum then. Star Wars, which came out in the same year, cost only US$10 million.

It was Attenborough's third film as a director, and he set out to re-create Operation Market-Garden, an infamous episode in World War II that was one of the biggest disasters in military history.

4.) Gandhi (1982) 

This Attenborough-directed epic is a biopic on peace symbol Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or just Gandhi as he is more commonly known.

It covers Gandhi's life from 1893 till his assassination and funeral in 1948, and depicts his famous non-violent independence movement against the United Kingdom's rule of India during the 20th century. 

The film was nominated for Oscars in 11 categories, including Best Picture, of which it won eight. 

5.) Jurassic Park (1993) 

Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park is an immensely popular movie that is often hailed as a landmark in visual effects. 

It saw Attenborough play the role of John Hammond, the creator of the titular park. 

 

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