Cutting for Korda: 1936– 40
in Charles Crichton
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Chapter 2 continues the story of Charles Crichton’s period working as an editor for Alexander Corda at Denham Studios. It was his work on the 1936 adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The Shape of Things to Come that began to cement his reputation. Though the film was not ultimately a success, it was highly ambitious in conception and scope, utilising trick photography, full-size and miniature sets and elaborate model work. Crichton’s next job saw him working with Nanook of the North director Robert Flaherty on Elephant Boy (1937), another difficult project that enjoyed a mixed reception. The great Korda success of the period, however, was The Thief of Bagdad (1940). This was the last film Crichton worked on before the outbreak of World War II.


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