David Puttnam's Century Of Cinema

David Puttnam and Brian Sibley present a landmark six-part series celebrating the 20th century's most popular entertainment form, combining exclusive interview material with archive recording and film clips to illustrate the story of the motion picture.

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In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date. But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This opening programme considers the power of stars in Hollywood, with contributions from film director Robert Wise, actress Margaret O'Brien who starred in 'Meet Me In St. Louis', silent-movie star Anita Paige and fellow stars Angela Lansbury, Carrie Fisher and Adrian Lester.

01Star Billing1999051820100119

A look at what it takes to make a star.

In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date.

But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This opening programme considers the power of stars in Hollywood, with contributions from film director Robert Wise, actress Margaret O'Brien who starred in 'Meet Me In St.

Louis', silent-movie star Anita Paige and fellow stars Angela Lansbury, Carrie Fisher and Adrian Lester.

David Puttnam and Brian Sibley look at the power of stars in Hollywood.

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In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date. But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This programme considers Hollywood's great film-makers: the writers and directors, composers and producers. Contributors include Richard Curtis (writer 'Notting Hill'), Steven Spielberg, Robert Wise (director 'The Sound of Music'), Woody Allen, Frank Capra, Michael Winner and producer Charles Gordon ('Die Hard 2').

02Right Directions1999052520100126

David Puttnam reveals why the creative geniuses behind the camera are just as important as the stars on screen.

In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date.

But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This programme considers Hollywood's great film-makers: the writers and directors, composers and producers.

Contributors include Richard Curtis (writer 'Notting Hill'), Steven Spielberg, Robert Wise (director 'The Sound of Music'), Woody Allen, Frank Capra, Michael Winner and producer Charles Gordon ('Die Hard 2').

David Puttnam and Brian Sibley look at Hollywood's great film-makers.

03Hollywood Inc.1999060120100202

This programme looks at the rise and development of the great Hollywood film factories and considers how they have changed during a hundred years of movies.

With contributions from Richard Attenborough, Julie Andrews, Ken Annakin and Betty Lasky.

In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date.

But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This programme considers Hollywood's great film-factories: Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal and MGM.

Contributors include Angela Lansbury, Dirk Bogarde, Fred Zinneman and Leslie Bricusse.

Looking at the great Hollywood film factories.

04Something For Everyone1999060820100209

This programme compares the most popular genres of film and honours the most successful movies of the century.

With contributions from Michael Caine, Angela Lansbury, and the late Dirk Bogarde

In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

In a few weeks' time, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date.

But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This programme considers Hollywood's favourite film genres: the western, the musical, the sci-fi epic and the war movie.

Contributors include: Ken Annakin, (director 'Battle of The Bulge'), Robert Wise, (director 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'), film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, director Fred Zinneman ('High Noon') and lyricist Leslie Bricusse.

Hollywood's favourite film genres: western, musical, sci-fi epic and war movie.

05The British Are Coming1999061520100216

This programme asks why European film-makers have not fared as well as their American counterparts, and Michael Caine observes the 30th anniversary of `The Italian Job'.

Plus, an extract from the last interview given by the late Sir Dirk Bogarde

In the closing days of 1999, British film producer David Puttnam, with broadcaster and author Brian Sibley, presented a major series for Radio 2 to mark the first one hundred years of popular film.

Since its initial broadcast, some contributors have moved on to pastures new, others have left us for the great movie studio in the sky; but what they had to say is still relevant to the story of cinema.

Next week, David and Brian will be bringing the story right up to date.

But for now, sit back, dim the lights and open the popcorn because our main feature is about to begin.

This programme considers the British film industry.

Contributors include: Sir Dirk Bogarde, Michael Winner, Michael Caine, Richard Attenborough, Richard Curtis and James Bond director Michael Apted.

David Puttnam and Brian Sibley look at the British film industry.

06 LAST20100223

David Puttnam and broadcaster Brian Sibley conclude their series with, appropriately enough, a sequel.

As we continue to experience a new century of cinema, has anything really changed or is history is repeating itself? The movie industry is enjoying a boom just like it did in previous recessions and depressions; the same tried and tested film formulas (genres) are still working; and the industry continues to embrace technological advances and continues to flourish.

This new programme brings David Puttnam's acclaimed series up-to-date with an exclusive on-set visit to Hogwarts, and contributions from the production team behind the most successful movie franchise ever: 'Harry Potter'.

Plus, Robert Redford talks independent film while movie-makers Ron Clements and John Musker ('The Princess and the Frog') explain why the next century of cinema may not all be in 3D.

David Puttnam and Brian Sibley look ahead to the new century of cinema.

06 LASTBack To The Future19990622

This programme focuses on the selling and marketing of films, and on the benefits for filmmakers of technological breakthroughs.

David Puttnam explains why he will be bowing out of the film business after the release of his next film, and the programme looks forward to some of the last films to be released this century.