- The Washington Times - Friday, September 16, 2005

Guy Green, 91, film director

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guy Green, who won an Academy Award for cinematography for the 1946 film “Great Expectations,” died Sept. 15 of heart and kidney failure at his Beverly Hills home. He was 91.

Mr. Green, who also directed more than two dozen films, lapsed into a coma about 10 hours before his death, his wife of 57 years, Josephine Green, told the Associated Press.

Mr. Green, who began his film career in his native England, was a founding member of the British Society of Cinematographers.

In 2004, he was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire for his lifetime of work in the British cinema.

He was the cinematographer on nearly two dozen films before switching to directing in the mid-1950s. He moved to Hollywood in the 1960s.

Two of his best-known directing efforts were the British films “Sea of Sand” (1958) and “The Angry Silence” (1960), both of which starred Richard Attenborough.

Mr. Green was nominated for Golden Globes for writing and directing the 1965 film “A Patch of Blue,” which starred Sidney Poitier as a black professional who befriends a blind, white woman. Shelley Winters won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the girl’s mother.

“A Patch of Blue” was Mr. Green’s proudest work because he not only directed but also wrote and co-produced the film, his wife said.

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