Jeremy Isaacs: The World at War 6

NARRATION. “When the day came to record this, Olivier did it very well. Finished, he stood up in the recording booth, respleendent in red braces, and reached for an elegant brown tweed jacket. I joined him in the booth and remarked, pointedly, ‘You do realise, don’t you, that those words at the star of this are, out of the whole twenty-six hours, the very first words the viewer will hear?’ ‘Ah,’ he said, and put the jacket down. ‘I’ll do it again.’

This time we got perfection – with the letter ‘a’ in the phrase ‘Garages and barns’ pronounced more ways than you might think possible, and the ‘a’ in ‘Glâne’ unlike any other ‘a’ you ever heard.

When I listen again to Laurence Oliviers narration, the voice I hear is deft, subtle, strong, compelling. I do not believe it could have been better done…” (Jeremy Isaacs: Look Me In The Eye, 2006) 

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Allan Berg Nielsen
Allan Berg Nielsen

Allan Berg Nielsen started the first documentary cinema in Randers, Denmark way back in the 1970’es. He did so at the museum, where he was employed. He got the (16mm) films from the collection of the National Film Board of Denmark (Statens Filmcentral). He organised a film festival in his home city, became a member of the Board of Directors of the Film Board, started to write about films in diverse magazines, were a juror at several festivals and wrote television critiques in the local newspaper. From 1998-2003 Allan Berg was documentary film consultant (commissioning editor) at The Danish Film Institute, a continuation of the Film Board. Since then free lance consultant in documentary matters.

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