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Brandt, George William (1920–2007), film-maker and scholar of film, television, and drama, was born Georg Wilhelm Brandt in Berlin on 8 October 1920, the eldest child of a Jewish businessman. The family left Germany in 1933 and eventually settled in England, where he completed his secondary education at ...

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Dehn, Paul Edward (1912–1976), writer and film critic, was born on 5 November 1912 at 13 Belfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Frederick Edward Dehn (1881/2–1947), cotton merchant, and his wife, Helen, née Susman (1880–1976)...

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Forman, Stanley (1921–2013), film distributor and archivist, was born Israel Forminsky on 26 December 1921 at 22 Rupert Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Isaac Forminsky, later Israel Forman, a tailor's baster who eventually setup his own successful tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Gifford, Denis (1927–2000), cartoonist and film historian, was born on 26 December 1927 at 1 Bampton Road, Forest Hill, London, the son of William Thomas Benjamin Gifford, a lithographic printer, and his wife, Amelia Emma Rachel, née Hutchings. From his early pre-school years he showed his talent for drawing, and he claimed that from the age of three he had begun to collect and cherish comics. He was educated in ...

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Halliwell, (Robert James) Leslie (1929–1989), film buyer and encyclopaedist, was born on 23 February 1929 in Bolton, Lancashire, the youngest child by thirteen years and only son in the family of three children of James Halliwell, cotton spinner, of Bolton, and his wife, ...

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Lejeune [married name Thompson], Caroline Alice (1897–1973), film critic, was born on 27 March 1897 at Didsbury, Manchester, the youngest in the family of five daughters and three sons of Adam Edward Lejeune (d. 1898/9) and his wife, Jane Louisa, daughter of ...

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Lindgren, Ernest Henry (1910–1973), film archivist, was born on 3 October 1910 at 15 Westwick Gardens, Hammersmith, London, the eldest child of Ernst Wilhelm Lindgren (1878–1935), a master tailor from Sweden, and his wife, Charlotte Elvery (1877–1971). He was educated in London: at ...

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Manvell, (Arnold) Roger (1909–1987), film critic and historian, was born on 10 October 1909 at St Barnabas vicarage, Leicester, the only child of the Revd Arnold Edward William Manvell, later canon of Peterborough Cathedral, and his wife, Gertrude Theresa Baines. He was educated at ...

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Powell, (Elizabeth) Dilys (1901–1995), film critic, was born on 20 July 1901 at Lloyd's Bank, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the daughter of Thomas Powell, bank manager, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Lloyd. She was educated at Bournemouth high school and at Somerville College, Oxford...

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(Elizabeth) Dilys Powell (1901–1995) by Fred Daniels, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robertson, Eileen Arbuthnot [pseud. E. Arnot Robertson; married name Eileen Arbuthnot Turner, Lady Turner] (1903–1961), novelist and film critic, was born on 20 January 1903 at Moor Cottage, South Holmwood, near Dorking, Surrey, the daughter of George Arbuthnot Robertson, a surgeon, and his wife, ...

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Rotha, Paul [formerly Roscoe Treeve Fawcett Thompson] (1907–1984), film director and film critic, was born on 3 June 1907 at home at Monks Dene, Northwick Park, Wealdstone, Middlesex, one of two sons and two daughters of Charles John Samuel Thompson (1862–1943) from ...

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Shipman, David Herbert (1932–1996), film historian, was born on 4 November 1932 at Lyndale, Waldemar Avenue, Upper Hellesdon, Norwich, the younger child and only son of Alfred Herbert Shipman (1898–1981), a commercial traveller in electrical appliances, and his wife, Ethel May Deakes (1903–1988)...

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Walker, Alexander Alfred (1930–2003), film critic and biographer, was born on 22 March 1930 at Carleton Home, Portadown, co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, the son of Alfred Walker, commercial traveller, and his wife, Ethel Linda Harris, née Andrews. At the time of his birth his parents were living at ...

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Winnington, Richard (1903–1953), caricaturist and film critic, was born on 3 October 1903 at 13 Pretoria Terrace, Bury Street, Edmonton, Middlesex, the eldest of the seven children of Albert Molyneux Winnington and his wife, Gertrude Elizabeth Chalk. His father then worked for the engineers' department of the district council, but was later an accountant for the ...

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Wood, Robert Paul [Robin] (1931–2009), teacher, writer, and film critic, was born on 23 February 1931 at 14 Carlton Road, Putney, London, the youngest child of Robert Sydney Wood, a dealer in antiques, and his wife, Florence Helen, née Earthy (b. 1886)...