Pinewood studios turns 75

Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn in Aliens

I just read on the Beeb that Pinewood Studios is turning 75 years old. Here’s a look at some of the films that have been made there.

2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Along with Harry Potter, one of the mega-blockbusters filmed at the famous studios. It’s also a pretty good movie.

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2006

American Gangster

I was enjoying this Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe starrer earlier today, but then the VCR cut out and I missed the end. Stupid archaic technology!

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2001

Bridget Jones’s Diary

My husband asked me earlier if Jane Austen only wrote one plot. She did, but it was a good one, as this Clueless-style update proved.

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1996

The Fifth Element

As visually distinctive as Blade Runner and as all-round bloody entertaining as Die Hard: what more could you want?

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1991

Thelma and Louise

There are many reasons to remember that film, but mostly because Brad Pitt looked totally hot in it.

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1986

Aliens

One of the finest films ever made.

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1981

Clash of the Titans

The ropey special effects (by the legendary Ray Harryhausen) just add to its charm.

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1976

The Omen

This very silly, notably un-scary film was apparently downright terrifying at the time.

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1971

Diamonds Are Forever

Pinewood Studios are intrinsically associated with the Bond movies, and this is one of the many filmed there.

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1966

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury’s dystopian fable is brought to life by François Truffaut.

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1961

Whistle Down The Wind

This rather odd story has some charming performances, most memorably from young Hayley Mills, who mistakes an escaped convict for Jesus Christ. Must have been the beard.

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1956

The Prince and the Showgirl

Released the following year, this film combined the talents of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.

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1948

The Red Shoes

One of the most visually beautiful films ever made.

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Also in 1948, Pinewood played host to David Lean’s classic Great Expectations. Most of the films made at Pinewood prior to that are long forgotten, but the first to be made there was a crime film called Talk of the Devil in 1936. Its (male) director, Carol Reed, went on to earn acclaim for The Third Man (1949) and the Academy Award-winning Oliver! (1968).

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