Started by Mwnger, December 28, 2023, 05:16:24 PM
Quote from: idunnosomename on December 28, 2023, 09:29:51 PMwhat about the passerby who calls Brian a lucky bastard as he emerges from the smoking wreckage? Played by Charles Knode, costumer designer. sadly died this year!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_KnodeBBC obitSpoiler alertCharles Knode sadly died in the hospital on Thursday, 16 February, aged 80.He joined the BBC just when television went into colour, one of a stellar new intake of young theatre-trained stage and costume designers, among them Elizabeth Waller, John Bloomfield, Raymond Hughes and Robin Frazer-Paye.Before this, costume designers were called costume supervisors and wore petal ½ hats, handbags, and white gloves to work!I assisted Charles in 1970 on Sense and Sensibility, my first job after Art School and working in the theatre. What an enormous amount I learnt from the Master!He charmed actors – they loved his attention to detail, vast historical knowledge and the artistry that went into his designs. He made them feel comfortable and look good, correct and characterful, so they could get on with their job of acting, having the confidence of knowing their costume was 100% right and a huge part of their performance.Great fun to be with at work and after work, he became a lasting friend to me and a great many film, TV and theatre directors, makers, actors and designers. Generous, warm and thoughtful, at 6ft4 he was a gentle giant.His War and Peace (1972-73, directed by John Davies) was a triumph (featured in Prospero recently).Owen Wingrave, the Britten opera was memorable; his designs had a sell-out exhibition near Aldeburgh.After leaving the BBC, Charles had a varied and remarkable career in film. He had little time for ridiculous Hollywood producers and accountants who had not properly budgeted the film's costume demands. Unafraid of sacking, he stood firm and faced them off on many occasions!His film credits include:Monty Python – Jabberwocky and Life of BrianJames Bond – Never say Never AgainBraveheart, for Mel Gibson (BAFTA and Oscar nomination)Sir Ridley Scott – Blade Runner, Legend, and 1492: Conquest of ParadiseTV movies include The Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland and Don Quixote.Judy Pepperdine, Costume Designer[close]
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