Between 1940 and 1967 Sydney Box made over 60 feature films and over 100 documentaries, including The Seventh Veil (1945), which earned him an Oscar (R) for Best Original Screenplay. In this candid and witty autobiography, Box provides fascinating and illuminating insights into the working of the British film industry. It covers the whole of Box's varied career in British cinema over the period 1940-65, as well as his earlier career as a writer and his later role as an impresario. This memoir also contains many perceptive portraits of those he worked with, including Dylan Thomas, Noel Coward, W. Somerset Maugham, the Duke of Windsor, J. Arthur Rank, Leslie Caron, Alec Guinness and George Bernard Shaw. Box's memoir is supplemented by 16 photos and an introduction and notes from film scholar Andrew Spicer, who clarifies any obscurities and assesses Box's significance to the British film industry.
Sydney Box (1907-1983) had a varied career in the film industry, which included work on a number of significant productions including The Astonished Heart, The Beachcomber, and The Seventh Veil. Andrew Spicer is a Reader in Cultural History in the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Part 4 A Letter to My Publisher Chapter 5 1 The Lion That Lost Its Way Chapter 6 2 First Footsteps in the Jungle Chapter 7 3 The Woolf of Wardour Street Chapter 8 4 The Man Who Put the "OD" into Odeon Chapter 9 5 "Want to Buy a Dirty Picture?" Chapter 10 6 Per Ardua ad Ostrer Chapter 11 7 A Murmuration of Millionaires Chapter 12 8 God's Gift to the Theater Chapter 13 9 The Ones That Got Away Chapter 14 10 The Price of Fear Chapter 15 11 Where the Money Went Chapter 16 12 Laughter in Court Chapter 17 13 "Music, Maestro, Please!" Chapter 18 14 The Sparticle Tree Chapter 19 15 Detritus from My Diary Part 20 Afterword Part 21 Appendix A: Box's Writing Part 22 Appendix B: Gainsborough Films Produced during Box's Tenure Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Editor