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Harwood, Ronald (14 of 18)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:27:26

  • Shelf mark

    C1173/02

  • Recording date

    2005-10-27, 2007-05-16, 2007-05-17, 2007-05-18, 2007-06-12

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 14: Mentions success of RH’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s [EW] “The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold” with Michael Horden at REM but not at Roundhouse, London. Anecdote about approach from Ascanio Branco at Twentieth Century Fox [TCF] to make film of “The Dresser”; mentions involvement of Peter Yates [PY] and Massolino D’amico; refers to telephone call from Orson Welles in relation to casting DW. Details regarding casting choice of TC and Albert Finney [AF]; also involvement of Jake Ebberts, head of Goldcrest and eventual buying out by Colombia Pictures. Details of Oscar Nominations; remarks on “Terms of Endearment”, mentions Jack Nicholson and “Warren Beatty’s sister” ( Shirley Maclaine). Description of circumstances relating to winning Oscar for “The Pianist”; refers to significance of Roman Polanski [RP] seeing Paris production of “Taking Sides” (Un Tour et un Raison) with Michel Bouquet and Pierre (?) Brasseur. Refers to winning Palme d’Or at Cannes, details of nominations and Oscar ceremony, including Adrian Brody’s Oscar, RH’s beating David Hare (“The Hours”) to win best screenplay Oscar; remarks on kindness of Sean Connery. Details of press conferences and parties, including anecdote about table at party. Mentions trying to meet friend, Cherie Lancing at Paramount party; remarks on Stephen Daldry and also Vanity Fair party. Remarks on knock-on effect of winning Oscar. Mentions “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, directed by Julian Schnabel and “Oliver Twist” with RP. Remarks on Oscar. Further reference to Oscar ceremony and emotions. Refers to screenplay of Mark Twain work not being made. Description of circumstances relating to screenplay for adaptation of “Oliver Twist” [OT] with RP. Comments on film’s lack of success and thoughts on RP’s choice of OT. Comments on working on screenplay for OT and “The Pianist”. Remarks on notion of collaboration, of being on set and public’s lack of knowledge of discipline of writing a screenplay. Comments on working on “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  • Description

    Interview with Ronald Harwood (1934-), theatre designer. Parts 1-4 comprise an interview about the life and work of Richard Negri, as recalled by Ronald Harwood. Parts 5-18 comprise Ronald Harwood's life story.

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