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Michael Winner (b. October 30, 1935) is a British film director and producer. He studied law at Cambridge University, where he edited the student newspaper Varsity. He learnt his skills during early work for the BBC and B-movie features. However he soon shot to prominence as a "hip, young" director in the 1960s best known for his direction of movies such as The System (1964) and I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname (1967), depicting Swinging London. In the 70s, he took on American projects such as the Westerns Lawman (1971) and Chato's Land (1972), and Charles Bronson crime dramas The Mechanic (1972), The Stone Killer (1973) and Death Wish (1974), the latter causing a storm of controversy over its depiction of vigilante justice but was hugely successful at the box-office. Winner has unashamedly pursued commercial projects and as a result, his films are usually greeted with critical scorn. Perhaps the critics are reminded that in I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname Winner's alter ego in the film (an advertising executive played by Oliver Reed) questions the idea of pursuing commerce in art, and the film stands as the director's most personal work. Winner may also be remembered for directing Marlon Brando in one of his better pre-Godfather films The Nightcomers (1972), a reworking of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. His 1978 remake of The Big Sleep, starring Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe, is also interesting for following Howard Hawks' original cut of the movie rather than the released version, before the original cut became better known.
In later life his film work was seen as on the decline. However, he remains prominent in British public life, famed for his work as a restaurant critic for UK newspapers and his regular appearances on TV shows and adverts.
- 1964 - The System
- 1965 - You Must Be Joking!
- 1966 - The Jokers
- 1967 - I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname
- 1969 - Hannibal Brooks
- 1971 - Lawman
- 1972 - Chato's Land , The Nightcomers , The Mechanic
- 1973 - Scorpio , The Stone Killer
- 1974 - Death Wish
- 1976 - Won Ton Ton-The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
- 1977 - The Sentinel
- 1978 - The Big Sleep
- 1979 - Firepower
- 1983 - The Wicked Lady (remake)
- 1988 - Appointment with Death
- 1989 - A Chorus of Disapproval
- 1993 - Dirty Weekend
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