Leon Clore

Forename/s: 
Leon
Family name: 
Clore
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Interview Number: 
208
Interview Date(s): 
18 Jul 1991
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Duration (mins): 
108
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Leon Clore was a  film producer whose credits include "The French Lieutenant's Woman. Born in Brighton Clore was instrumental in launching the film careers of such directors as Lindsay Anderson. He also nurtured the British career of blacklisted American director Joseph Losey. With John Taylor and Grahame  he formed Countryman Films which produced the feature length documentary Conquest of Everest (1953),

He produced commercials, documentaries and feature films, including "Every Day Except Christmas" (1957), Lindsay Anderson's 40-minute documentary about Covent Garden market, and "Our Virgin Island" (1958), with Sidney Poitier.

His best-known films were directed by Karel Reisz: "Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment" (1966), adapted from the David Mercer play, and "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981), adapted from the John Fowles novel and starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.