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Freddie Francis is a Director, Scriptwriter, Director of Photography, Music and Cinematography British born on 22 december 1917 at London (United-kingdom)

Freddie Francis

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Birth name Frederick William Francis
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 22 december 1917 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 17 march 2007 (at 89 years) at Middlesex (United-kingdom)
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography

Frederick William "Freddie" Francis BSC (22 December 1917 – 17 March 2007) was an English cinematographer and film director.

He achieved his greatest successes as a cinematographer, including winning two Academy Awards, for Sons and Lovers (1960) and Glory (1989). As a director, he has cult status on account of his association with the British production companies Amicus and Hammer in the 1960s and 1970s.


Il réalisa de nombreux films de série B pour la Hammer avant de devenir un directeur de la photographie exigeant au service (notamment) de David Lynch (Elephant Man, Dune, Une histoire vraie); il remporta un oscar pour le film Glory (Edward Zwick, 1990, lequel réalisateur ne s'est guère entendu avec lui). Il a également signé la photo du remake de Nerfs à vif réalisé par Martin Scorsese.

Best films

Cape Fear (1991)
(Director of Photography)
Dune (1984)
(Director of Photography)
Glory (1990)
(Director of Photography)
The Elephant Man (1980)
(Director of Photography)
The Straight Story (1999)
(Director of Photography)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
(Director of Photography)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Freddie Francis (57 films)

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Dark Tower
Dark Tower (1989)
, 1h31
Directed by Freddie Francis, Ken Wiederhorn
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Michael Moriarty, Jenny Agutter, Carol Lynley, Theodore Bikel, Kevin McCarthy, Anne Lockhart
Rating43% 2.171772.171772.171772.171772.17177
After a window washer plunges to his death from a Barcelona high rise, several people come to investigate, including security consultant Dennis Randall (Michael Moriarty). He cannot locate a problem, but decides to investigate further when more gruesome deaths take place inside and around the office building. His investigations prove that there is a sinister force behind all the deaths, a supernatural entity, that is not about to stop.
The Doctor and the Devils, 1h33
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Horror
Actors Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Twiggy, Julian Sands, Stephen Rea, Phyllis Logan
Rating61% 3.0536553.0536553.0536553.0536553.053655
Dr. Thomas Rock (Timothy Dalton) is a respected 19th-century anatomist lecturing at a prominent medical school. He is deeply passionate about improving medical knowledge, a pursuit for which he believes "the ends justify the means." Unfortunately, due to the laws of the time very few cadavers are legally available to the medical profession, necessitating the use of graverobbers or "Resurrection men" by the medical establishment to procure additional specimens. Dr. Rock's young assistant Dr. Murray (Julian Sands) is given the task of buying the bodies, for which he is authorized to pay a small fortune, particularly for fresher corpses. When alcoholic miscreants Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Broom (Stephen Rea) overhear details of the arrangement, they begin to murder the locals and sell their bodies. Gradually, Dr. Murray becomes more suspicious of the string of fresh bodies turning up at the medical school, but Dr. Rock dismisses his concerns. Meanwhile, Murray has begun to fall for beautiful local prostitute Jennie Bailey (Twiggy), who soon becomes the target of Fallon and Broom's murderous enterprise. When Jennie's friend Alice (Nichola McAuliffe) turns up dead in Dr. Rock's dissection room, Murray realizes what is happening and heroically rescues Jennie from a murderous Fallon. Both killers are soon arrested, but Broom agrees to turn state's evidence against his former partner, and is set free, unrepentant. Fallon is executed by hanging. Dr. Rock, for his part in the killings, is the subject of widespread public outrage, but ultimately not punished or censured by his colleagues. The film ends with Rock pondering his responsibility for the horrors and concluding, "oh my God -- I knew what I was doing.
Golden Rendezvous, 1h49
Directed by Freddie Francis
Genres Thriller
Themes Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Films about hijackings
Actors Richard Harris, Ann Turkel, Gordon Jackson, John Vernon, David Janssen, Burgess Meredith
Rating55% 2.760872.760872.760872.760872.76087
The Caribbean Star, a combination cargo ship and floating casino is hijacked by terrorists led by Luis Carreras (John Vernon), who installs an atomic bomb, holding both the passengers and the bomb hostage, hoping to exchange them for the gold bullion on an U.S. Treasury ship. However, First Officer John Carter (Richard Harris), Susan Beresford (Ann Turkel), and Dr. Marston (Gordon Jackson) join forces to foil the plan. David Janssen and Burgess Meredith also appear in supporting roles.
The Ghoul
The Ghoul (1975)
, 1h33
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Peter Cushing, John Hurt, Veronica Carlson, Alexandra Bastedo, Gwen Watford, Don Henderson
Rating52% 2.6054652.6054652.6054652.6054652.605465
In 1920s England, a group of upper-class people take part in an automobile race to Land's End. One couple, Billy and Daphne, get lost in heavy fog and crash their car. Billy goes to look for help, but takes so long that Daphne strikes out on her own. She eventually locates a rural estate owned by Dr. Lawrence, a former priest. He receives her kindly and sends his disturbed gardener, Tom, to find Billy. Tom finds and murders Billy, and pushes the car into a ravine; it is implied that he acted on his employer's orders.
Legend of the Werewolf, 1h25
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Peter Cushing, Ron Moody, Hugh Griffith, Roy Castle, David Rintoul, Stefan Gryff
Rating56% 2.804452.804452.804452.804452.80445
A boy that has been raised by wolves is displayed as a circus freak under the title 'Wolf Boy.' Named Etoile by Pamponi,the circus owner, he grows up and after killing a member of the circus troupe while under the influence of the full moon, becomes a zookeeper in Paris.
Invasion from Inner Earth, 1h34
Directed by Freddie Francis, Bill Rebane
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Diana Dors, Jack Palance, Hugh Griffith, Julie Ege, Edith Evans, Trevor Howard
Rating25% 1.250861.250861.250861.250861.25086
A group of pilots in the Canadian wilderness begin to hear strange reports over their radios about planes crashing, cars stalling, and a deadly plague which has gripped the planet. As the plot continues, it's clear that Earth is in the midst of an invasion. The pilots barracade themselves in a cabin in the woods and wait for impending doom.
Son of Dracula, 1h30
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror, Musical
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Musical films, Comedy horror films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Freddie Jones, Suzanna Leigh, Dennis Price, David Bailie
Rating48% 2.4268252.4268252.4268252.4268252.426825
After the killing of his father (Count Dracula, the King of the Netherworld), by a mysterious assassin, Count Downe (Harry Nilsson) is summoned from his travels abroad by family advisor Merlin (Ringo Starr) in order to prepare him to take over the throne. Baron Frankenstein (Freddie Jones) is also on hand to help in any way he can. Problem is, Downe wants no part of this responsibility, and instead wishes to become human and mortal − especially after meeting a girl named Amber (Suzanna Leigh), with whom he falls in love. He approaches old family nemesis Dr Van Helsing (Dennis Price), who agrees to enable the Count's transformation, much to the dismay of the residents of the Netherworld.
Tales That Witness Madness, 1h30
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Donald Pleasence, Joan Collins, Kim Novak, Jack Hawkins, Georgia Brown, Donald Houston
Rating57% 2.85072.85072.85072.85072.8507
In the Framing Story, Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence), a psychiatrist in a modern mental asylum, reveals a bold new psychiatric theory to colleague Dr. Nicholas (Jack Hawkins). Tremayne uses four patients who went insane - Paul, Timothy, Brian, and Auriol - to illustrate the theory, presenting each in turn to Nicholas:
The Creeping Flesh, 1h28
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron, Jenny Runacre, George Benson, Duncan Lamont
Rating62% 3.1492453.1492453.1492453.1492453.149245
Prof. Emmanuel Hildern (Peter Cushing), a Victorian era scientist is shown in what appears to be a laboratory meeting a young doctor. Hildern excitedly tells the doctor that he needs help because he has discovered a form of evil that is real, a living being, and that he has unwittingly unleashed the evil thousands of years too soon. Hildern then recounts how his discovery was made.
Tales from the Crypt, 1h32
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Themes Zombie films, Comedy horror films
Actors Ralph Richardson, Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry
Rating69% 3.497953.497953.497953.497953.49795
Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old catacombs. They do not realise that they are all dead. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson), who details how each of the strangers have died.
The Vampire Happening, 1h42
Directed by Freddie Francis
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Vampires in film, Comedy horror films
Actors Pia Degermark, Ingrid van Bergen, Thomas Hunter, Ferdy Mayne, Raoul Retzer
Rating48% 2.427212.427212.427212.427212.42721
An American actress inherits a castle in Transylvania. What she does not know is that her ancestor, the Baroness Catali, was in actuality a vampire countess, and emerges from her tomb to ravage the nearby village and Catholic seminary.
Trog (1970)
, 1h33
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay, Kim Braden, David Griffin, John Hamill
Rating39% 1.9587851.9587851.9587851.9587851.958785
Set in contemporary England, the film follows Doctor Brockton (Joan Crawford) who learns that in the caves of the countryside, a troglodyte is alive and might be able to be helped and even domesticated. She gets the creature to the surface and attempts to train him, but runs into trouble as a few people oppose this, especially a local businessman afraid of negative commercial consequences, Sam Murdock (Michael Gough). Murdock frees the creature, leading to a rampage.
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly, 1h41
Directed by Freddie Francis
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Crime
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Imogen Hassall, Michael Ripper, Trevor Howard
Rating65% 3.2941553.2941553.2941553.2941553.294155
Four individuals live in a secluded manor house in the English countryside, where they engage in an elaborate role-playing fantasy called The Game. In The Game, each individual assumes the role of a member in a "happy" family, completely subsuming his or her individual personality to the point that each individual is known only by the identity he or she is playing: Mumsy (the mother, Ursula Howells), Nanny (the nanny, Pat Heywood), Sonny (the son, played by Howard Trevor), and Girly (the daughter, Vanessa Howard). The Game is built around a set of strictly enforced yet ill-defined rules, the principal one of which is "Rule No. 1: Play the Game.
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, 1h32
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Dracula films, Vampires in film
Actors Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Ewan Hooper, Michael Ripper, Marion Mathie
Rating65% 3.299973.299973.299973.299973.29997
A year later in 1906, following the events of the previous film, Dracula has been destroyed. Monsignor Ernest Mueller (Rupert Davies) comes to the village on a routine visit only to find the altar boy is now a frightened mute and the priest (Ewan Hooper) has lost his faith. The villagers refuse to attend Mass at the Catholic church because the shadow of Dracula's castle touches it. To bring to an end the villagers' fears, Mueller climbs to the castle to exorcise it.