LOOKING BACK: Distinguished movie maker Oswald Morris dies aged 98

ECHO COUNTRY: Distinguished movie maker Oswald Morris dies aged 98

ECHO COUNTRY: Distinguished movie maker Oswald Morris dies aged 98

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AWARD-WINNING cinematog-rapher Oswald Morris has died at his Fontmell Magna home, aged 98. He moved to Dorset after falling in love with the county while making several of his films, including Sleuth at Athelhampton House near Dorchester, and the musical version of Goodbye Mr Chips, which was filmed in Sherborne and starred Peter O’Toole, Petula Clark and Sir Michael Redgrave. He won an Academy Award, or Oscar, for his work on the musical Fiddler On The Roof. He also won British Society of Cinematographer awards and Baftas for The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Moulin Rouge, Moby Dick, Fiddler On The Roof and The Taming Of The Shrew. Mr Morris also had a distinguished war record. He was the pilot of Lancaster bombers and made many raids over France and Germany, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also awarded the Air Force Cross for his work after Bomber Command when he transferred to Transport Com-mand and flew Field Marshall Alanbrooke on a global tour that included a stop-off at the post-war Yalta Conference. Mr Morris worked with many of the great and good of Hollywood’s golden age, including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery, Stanley Kubrick and the mercurial director John Huston. His film credits include Heaven Knows Mr Allison, The Guns Of Navarone, Oliver!, The Man With The Golden Gun, Scrooge, Dracula and The Great Muppet Caper. His friend Geoffrey Bull, who Mr Morris worked with on his autobiography Huston, We Have A Problem, said: “He was a lovely man.” Mr Morris is survived by his three children, Gillian, Christine and Roger.

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