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Saul Swimmer est un Réalisateur, Scénariste et Producteur Américain né le 25 avril 1936 à Uniontown (Etats-Unis)

Saul Swimmer

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Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 25 avril 1936 à Uniontown (Etats-Unis)
Mort 3 mars 2007 (à 70 ans) à Miami (Etats-Unis)

Saul Swimmer (April 25, 1936–March 3 or March 7, 2007; accounts differ) was an American documentary film director and producer best known for the movie The Concert for Bangladesh (1972), the George Harrison-led Madison Square Garden show that was one of the first all-star benefits in rock music. He was also a co-producer of the Beatles 1970 documentary Let It Be.

Biographie

Early life and career
Born to a Uniontown, Pennsylvania family that included a sister, Esther, and two brothers, Wolford and Alvin, Swimmer earned a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University in nearby Pittsburgh. He began directing in his early twenties, gaining attention for his half-hour children's short "The Boy Who Owned a Melephant" (1959), narrated by actress Tallulah Bankhead and produced with Peter Gayle and Tony Anthony, who would become his frequent collaborators. Swimmer's biography at his company's website states the film won a Gold Leaf award at the Venice Film Festival, a claim that subsequently appears in many accounts, but that festival has no such award; in actuality, this award was from the Venice International Children's Film Festival.

Following that short, Swimmer directed and, with Anthony, co-wrote the independent features Force of Impulse (1961), a Romeo and Juliet story about a high school football player who turns to robbery, filmed in Miami Beach, Florida, and Without Each Other (1962).


Music and film
Following these dramas, Swimmer directed the pop-musical comedy Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968), starring the British pop group Herman's Hermits. The movie was one of a handful of similar films released in the wake of the Beatles' mockumentary-style band feature A Hard Day's Night (1964) and the comic adventure Help! (1965).

He broke into documentary filmmaking with the ABC television special Around the World of Mike Todd (1968), about the movie producer Mike Todd.

After serving as co-producer of the Neil Aspinall-Mal Evans-produced Beatles documentary Let It Be (1970), Swimmer and his indie-movie colleague Tony Anthony co-wrote and co-directed the surrealistic U.S.-Italy road movie Cometogether (1971), produced by Beatle Ringo Starr and inspired by the Beatles song "Come Together"; and produced a spaghetti Western about a blind but deadly gunfighter, Blindman (1971; also known as Il Ciceo and Il Pistolero Ciceo), starring Anthony and Starr.

The following year, Swimmer directed The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by Beatle George Harrison with Ravi Shankar. They along with Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and others performed to raise money for the charity UNICEF, earmarked to aid refugees from the newly independent nation of Bangladesh, the former East Pakistan, who had relocated to India.

In 1977, Swimmer directed the U.S.-Spain co-production The Black Pearl a.k.a. La Perla Negra, adapted from a Scott O'Dell children's novel. He produced and directed the direct-to-video rock documentary We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert (1982), the record of a 1981 Montreal, Canada show.


Later career
Swimmer developed the MobileVision Projection System, a pre-IMAX giant-screen technology for projecting movies on a 60x80-foot screen. Swimmer said that after the 1991 death of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, MovileVision distributed We Will Rock You in 20 countries.

His final work was the documentary Bob Marley & Friends, completed in 2005 and distributed beginning in 2006 after Swimmer worked on it for more than five years, using footage of the 1977 Rainbow concert in London, England that had been discovered in a London storage vault bombed by the Irish Republican Army.


Death
Swimmer, who moved to the Miami-area Key Biscayne, Florida in the 1980s and to nearby Coral Gables, Florida in the 1990s, died of heart failure at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami on March 3 or March 7, 2007.

Le plus souvent avec

Tony Anthony
Tony Anthony
(2 films)
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr
(3 films)
Allen Klein
Allen Klein
(4 films)
John Lennon
John Lennon
(1 films)
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Filmographie de Saul Swimmer (5 films)

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Réalisateur

The Concert for Bangladesh, 1h43
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Documentaire, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Documentaire sur la musique, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Concert, Musique, Films pour enfants
Acteurs George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Pete Ham
Note82% 4.1373454.1373454.1373454.1373454.137345
Le film s'ouvre sur la conférence de presse, organisée dans les bureaux d'ABKCO à New York, George Harrison et Ravi Shankar présentent aux médias le projet du concert de charité qui doit se dérouler dans cinq jours. Un journaliste intervient :
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter, 1h35
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Comédie musicale, Musical
Thèmes Musique
Acteurs Peter Noone, Stanley Holloway, Mona Washbourne, Pamela Cundell, Marjorie Rhodes, Lance Percival
Note48% 2.4159352.4159352.4159352.4159352.415935
Herman inherits a prize greyhound called Mrs. Brown and aims to race the dog and win the derby. Herman and his group, The Hermits play gigs to raise money for the race entry fees. The Hermits travel from Manchester to London for more concerts, and at the London dog race, Herman falls for Judy, who is also Mrs. Brown's daughter.
The Boy Who Owned a Melephant
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Acteurs Tallulah Bankhead

After seeing his first circus, young Johnnie (Brockman Seawell) asks for an elephant to keep as a pet. To placate him, his mother (Molly Turner) whimsically "gives" him the elephant in the local zoo. The boy's classmates resent his pride in "owning" the pachyderm, and the boy learns to share, making his peers equal "owners".

Scénariste

The Boy Who Owned a Melephant
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Acteurs Tallulah Bankhead

After seeing his first circus, young Johnnie (Brockman Seawell) asks for an elephant to keep as a pet. To placate him, his mother (Molly Turner) whimsically "gives" him the elephant in the local zoo. The boy's classmates resent his pride in "owning" the pachyderm, and the boy learns to share, making his peers equal "owners".

Producteur

Blindman, Le Justicier Aveugle, 1h45
Origine Italie
Genres Western
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Ringo Starr, Tony Anthony, Magda Konopka, Raf Baldassarre, Solvi Stübing, Guido Mannari
Rôle Producteur
Note62% 3.14693.14693.14693.14693.1469
Blindman, un tireur d'élite redoutable mais aveugle, est chargé d'escorter une cinquantaine de femmes en route pour retrouver leurs époux. Les hommes chargés de l'assister le dupent et vendent les femmes à Domingo, un bandit local. Blindman se lance alors dans une chasse à l'homme à travers le Mexique...
Let It Be
Let It Be (1970)
, 1h21
Réalisé par Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Documentaire, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Documentaire sur la musique, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musique, Les Beatles
Acteurs Billy Preston, George Harrison, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono
Rôle Co-Producer
Note77% 3.8967653.8967653.8967653.8967653.896765
En décembre 1968, le réalisateur Michael Lindsay-Hogg tourne The Rock and Roll Circus, un évènement musical organisé par les Rolling Stones auquel participent notamment John Lennon et sa femme Yoko Ono. Aussitôt terminé, le réalisateur se voit offrir, par Paul McCartney, l'opportunité de tourner un documentaire sur l'enregistrement du prochain album des Beatles. Accompagnés par l’équipe de tournage, le groupe se réunit à partir du 2 janvier 1969 dans les studios de cinéma de Twickenham, où ils avaient déjà tourné des scènes pour A Hard Day's Night et Help! et commence à enregistrer. Yoko Ono est présente aussi, assise à côté de John Lennon. L'ambiance est tendue, des désaccords apparaissent, sans compter le fait que les membres du groupe n’apprécient pas les conditions dans lesquelles ils répètent dans cet endroit particulier, sous l'œil de deux caméras tournant en continu. Chaque jour, ils commencent à travailler tôt le matin, ce qui les change profondément de leurs séances nocturnes habituelles aux studios Abbey Road. « Nous n'arrivions pas à nous y habituer, se souviendra Lennon. Les studios Twickenham étaient devenus un endroit cauchemardesque, où il fallait se rendre matin après matin. Nous ne pouvions vraiment pas faire de la musique dès huit heures du matin ni même à dix heures, avec ces objectifs attachés à nos moindres gestes, avec tous les techniciens gravitant autour de nous, attentifs à fixer même nos bâillements. » Durant ces séances, les Beatles jouent de tout et de rien, beaucoup (près de 100 titres seront abordés), font le « bœuf » (jamming), souvent mal, faux et sans conviction.
The Boy Who Owned a Melephant
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Acteurs Tallulah Bankhead
Rôle Producteur

After seeing his first circus, young Johnnie (Brockman Seawell) asks for an elephant to keep as a pet. To placate him, his mother (Molly Turner) whimsically "gives" him the elephant in the local zoo. The boy's classmates resent his pride in "owning" the pachyderm, and the boy learns to share, making his peers equal "owners".