C.op James Devis - dir Otto Preminger -DC - "Rosebud" [1974]

               

DENYS COOP

Born: 20 July 1920, Reading, Berkshire, UK, as Denys N. Coop.

Died: 16 August 1981, London, UK.

Career: Entered the film industry at the age of 16 under apprenticeship to Freddie Young at Elstree Studios. Worked at Pinewood Studios and Denham Studios. Served in the Fleet Air Arm. Was transferred to the Army Kinematograph Service near the end of WW2. Re-entered the industry at Shepperton Studios under contract to Alexander Korda. Became freelance in 1956.

Ph commercials dir by Dick Clement, Tom Bussmann, a.o.

Was a member and president [1973-75] of the BSC. His son Trevor is a c.op.

Awards: BAFTA Film Award nom [1964] for 'Billy Liar'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1965] for 'King and Country'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1967] for 'Bunny Lake Is Missing'; 'Oscar' AA 'Special Achievement Award' [1978; shared] & BAFTA 'Michael Balcon Award' [1979; shared] for 'Superman'.



'Kordas, Reeds and [especially] visiting Yanks - it reads like a potted history of better class British cinema. Unfortunately there is no better class British cinema any more, and Denys Coop now films boring asylums and other vaults of horror. And there is also the question of the color. Without wishing to put down Coop's recent color work too drastically, it hasn't even remotely matched the perfectly measured blacks and whites of 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' or the additional greys of 'King and Country' and 'This Sporting Life'. British cinema will no doubt stick to the belief that color and only color is beautiful. Obviously, this is no fault of Coop's and quite probably he regrets the situation as much as we do.' [Markku Salmi in 'Film Dope', #8, October 1975.]



 FILMS

1947

The Hangman Waits [A. Barr-Smith] b&w; 63m; int ph; ext ph: Fred Langdon

1961

The Girl on the Boat [Henry Kaplan] b&w

1961

Two and Two Make Six/A Change of Heart/The Girl Swappers [Freddie Francis] b&w; 2uc; ph: Desmond Dickinson & Ronnie Taylor

1962

A Kind of Loving [John Schlesinger] b&w

1962

This Sporting Life [Lindsay Anderson] b&w

1962

The Mind Benders [Basil Dearden] b&w

1963

Billy Liar [John Schlesinger] cs/b&w

1964

Of Human Bondage [Ken Hughes & Bryan Forbes (1 week); dir add scenes (started the film): Henry Hathaway] b&w; addph; ph: Oswald Morris

1964

One Way Pendulum [Peter Yates] b&w

1964

King and Country [Joseph Losey] b&w

1964

Traitor's Gate [Freddie Francis] b&w; also German version 'Das Verrätertor'

1964

A Home of Your Own [Jay Lewis] b&w; short/42m

1964

Diamond Walkers/Die Jagd auf blaue Diamanten [Paul Martin] ts/c

1965

Bunny Lake Is Missing [Otto Preminger] p/b&w

1965

Drop Dead Darling/Arrivederci, Baby!/My Last Duchess [Ken Hughes] p/c; 2uc: Skeets Kelly

1966

The Double Man [Franklin Schaffner] c

1967

My Side of the Mountain [James B. Clark] p/c

1968

The Birthday Party [William Friedkin] c

1969

Ryan's Daughter [David Lean] sp70/c; co-2uc (e.g. storm seq dir by Roy Stevens); ph: Freddie Young

1970

The Executioner [Sam Wanamaker] p/c

1970

The Little Ark [James B. Clark] p/c; took over from A. Dempster; cph: Austin Dempster

1970

10 Rillington Place [Richard Fleischer] c

1971

The Darwin Adventure [Jack Couffer] p/c; natural history ph: Jack Couffer

1971

The Massacre of Glencoe [Austin Campbell] c; short/58m

1972

Asylum/House of Crazies [Roy Ward Baker] c

1972

The Vault of Horror/Further Tales from the Crypt/Tales from the Crypt, Part II [Roy Ward Baker] c

1973

...And Now the Screaming Starts!/Bride of Fengriffen [Roy Ward Baker] c

1974

Rosebud [Otto Preminger] p/c

1975

Inserts [John Byrum] c

[Right] with dir sfx Colin Chilvers [l] & dir model efx Derek Meddings [c] - "Superman" 

1977

Superman [Richard Donner] p/c; creative dir process ph; ph: Geoffrey Unsworth

1979

Superman II [Richard Lester] p/c; flying unit ph; ph: Geoffrey Unsworth & Robert Paynter

1980

Venom [Piers Haggard (replaced Tobe Hooper)] c; addph; ph: Gilbert Taylor (replaced Anthony Richmond)


 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT

1936

When Knights Were Bold [Jack Raymond] ph: Freddie Young

1936

Two's Company [Tim Whelan] ph: Freddie Young

1936

This'll Make You Whistle [Herbert Wilcox] ph: Freddie Young

1936

The Three Maxims/The Show Goes On [Herbert Wilcox] ph: Freddie Young

1936

Wings of the Morning [Harold Schuster] ph: Ray Rennahan

1937

London Melody/Girls in the Street/Look Out for Love [Herbert Wilcox] ph: Freddie Young

1937

The Gang Show/The Gang [Alfred Goulding] ph: Ernest Palmer

1937

Victoria the Great [Herbert Wilcox] ph: Freddie Young

1938

This Man Is News [David MacDonald] ph: Henry Harris

1938

Sixty Glorious Years/Queen of Destiny [Herbert Wilcox] ph: Freddie Young

1939

Good-bye, Mr. Chips [Sam Wood] ph: Freddie Young

1939

French Without Tears [Anthony Asquith] ph: Bernard Knowles

1939

Contraband/Blackout [Michael Powell] ph: Freddie Young

1939

The Thief of Bagdad [- An Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor] [Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell & Tim Whelan; (uncred) Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies & Alexander Korda] ph: Georges Périnal; shooting was completed in the USA

1947

A Man About the House [Leslie Arliss] ph: Georges Périnal

1948

Bonnie Prince Charlie [Anthony Kimmins & (uncred) Alexander Korda] ph: Robert Krasker


 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1945

Think It Over [Roy Baker] ph: John Wilcox; prod Army Kinematograph Service

1947

An Ideal Husband [Alexander Korda] ph: Georges Périnal

1948

The Fallen Idol/The Lost Illusion [Carol Reed] ph: Georges Périnal

1948

That Dangerous Age/If This Be Sin [Gregory Ratoff] ph: Georges Périnal

1948

Britannia Mews/The Forbidden Street/Affairs of Adelaide [Jean Negulesco] ph: Georges Périnal

1948

The Third Man [Carol Reed] co-c.op; ph: Robert Krasker

1949

The Angel with the Trumpet/Angel with a Trumpet [Anthony Bushell] ph: Robert Krasker

1950

My Daughter Joy/Operation X [Gregory Ratoff] ph: Georges Périnal

1950

The Mudlark [Jean Negulesco] ph: Georges Périnal

1950

The Wonder Kid [Karl Hartl] ph: Robert Krasker & Günther Anders

1950

Entführung ins Glück [Karl Hartl] ph: Robert Krasker & Günther Anders; German version of 'The Wonder Kid'

1950

No Highway/No Highway in the Sky [Henry Koster] ph: Georges Périnal

1951

Lady Godiva Rides Again/Beauty Queen [Frank Launder] ph: Wilkie Cooper

1951

Home at Seven/Murder on Monday [Ralph Richardson] co-c.op; ph: Jack Hildyard & Ted Scaife

1951

Hotel Sahara [Ken Annakin] c.op (with ph David Harcourt); ph: D. Harcourt (+ c.op with ph Jack Hildyard) & J. Hildyard

1952

Who Goes There?/The Passionate Sentry [Anthony Kimmins] co-c.op; ph: Ted Scaife & John Wilcox

1952

The Sound Barrier/Breaking the Sound Barrier [David Lean] ph: Jack Hildyard

1952

The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan/The Great Gilbert and Sullivan [Sidney Gilliat] c.op 'A' unit; ph 'A' unit: Christopher Challis

1953

The Captain's Paradise/The Captain's Progress [Anthony Kimmins] loc c.op; ph: Ted Scaife

1953

The Beggar's Opera [Peter Brook] ph: Guy Green

1953

The Man Between [Carol Reed] co-c.op; ph: Desmond Dickinson

1953

Three Cases of Murder [George More O'Ferrall, David Eady & Wendy Toye] ph: Georges Périnal

1954

Aunt Clara [Anthony Kimmins] ph: C.M. Pennington-Richards

1954

The Man Who Loved Redheads [Harold French] ph: Georges Périnal

1955

Richard III [Laurence Olivier] ph: Otto Heller

1955

Safari [Terence Young] co-c.op; ph: John Wilcox

1955

Zarak/Zarak Khan [Terence Young & (uncred) Stuart Heisler] co-c.op; ph: Ted Moore, John Wilcox, Cyril Knowles & Ted McCord

1956

The Rising of the Moon [John Ford] ph: Robert Krasker

[Right] with dir Laurence Olivier - "The Prince and the Showgirl"

1956

The Prince and the Showgirl [Laurence Olivier] ph: Jack Cardiff

1957

Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan [Otto Preminger] ph: Georges Périnal

1957

Bonjour tristesse [Otto Preminger] ph: Georges Périnal

1957

tom thumb [George Pal] ph: Georges Périnal; filmed 1957-58

1958

The Roots of Heaven [John Huston] ph: Oswald Morris

1958

Serious Charge/Immoral Charge/A Touch of Hell [Terence Young] c.op (studio); ph: Georges Périnal

1958

Look Back in Anger [Tony Richardson] ph: Oswald Morris

1959

Libel [Anthony Asquith] ph: Robert Krasker

[Center] with ph Oswald Morris [hat] and dir Carol Reed - "Our Man in Havana"

1959

Our Man in Havana [Carol Reed] ph: Oswald Morris

1960

Sons and Lovers [Jack Cardiff] ph: Freddie Francis

1960

The Entertainer [Tony Richardson] ph: Oswald Morris

1960

The Guns of Navarone [J. Lee Thompson (replaced Alexander Mackendrick before start of filming)] ph: Oswald Morris

1961

Lolita [Stanley Kubrick] ph: Oswald Morris