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Paul Franklin

The Oscar-winning Visual Effects Designer chooses The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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Visual Effects Designer
Films include The Dark Knight Rises, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Inception, for which he won an Oscar. Currently working on Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar.

The Thief of Bagdad

Paul Franklin chooses The Thief of Bagdad, the 1940 British Technicolor fantasy film produced by Alexander Korda and starring Sabu. With Special Effects designed by Larry Butler it was the first film to properly make use of blue-screen technology.

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Image by ITV/Rex Features

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From Front Row 17 Jan 2011 on Radio 4

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Alexander Korda talks in 1933 about his film The Private Life of Henry VIII.

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Francine Stock looks at the life and career of film producer and director Alexander Korda.

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