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Puttnam, David 1941-

Works: 173 works in 734 publications in 9 languages and 14,323 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Historical films  Film adaptations  Biographical films  Sports films  War films  Documentary television programs  Action and adventure films  Prison films 
Roles: Author, Producer, fmp, Interviewee, Actor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Director, Adapter, Contributor, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Puttnam
The Mission by Roland Joffé( Visual )

68 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield the Guarani South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires
The killing fields by Roland Joffé( Visual )

54 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dith Pran is an aide, translator and friend of a journalist who is covering the war in Cambodia. He is eventually exiled to the labor camps in Cambodia's countryside, where he endures four years of starvation, torture and war before escaping to Thailand
Chariots of fire by Hugh Hudson( Visual )

65 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, two British athletes who competed in the 1924 Olympic Games. They brought fame and glory to their country, but there were other challeges. One was a missionary student who ran for his spiritually, and the other for fame and to escape injustice
Chariots of fire( Visual )

3 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. In a warmup 100 meter race, Eric defeats Harold, who hires a pro trainer to prepare him. Eric, whose qualifying heat is scheduled for a Sunday, refuses to run despite pressure from the Olympic committee. A compromise is reached when a nobleman allows Eric to compete in his 400 meter slot. Eric and Harold win their respective races and go on to achieve fame as missionary and businessman/athletic advocate, respectively
Midnight express by Alan Parker( Visual )

51 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American is busted trying to smuggle hashish into Turkey and is sentenced to life in prison
Local hero by Bill Forsyth( Visual )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oil tycoon, astronomy freak and the subject of some peculiar psychoanalysis, Felix Happer, has plans to transform the Bay of Furness into a giant oil-processing plant. Contrary to expectation, the eccentric local residents are only too eager to oblige with the sale of their homes, but for a sole dissenter, the beachcomber
Memphis Belle by Michael Caton-Jones( Visual )

20 editions published between 1880 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memphis Belle portrays a bombing mission over Germany during World War II, including preparations for the raid, the takeoff from England, the flight, bombing the submarine base Wilhelmshaven, and the return to base
Movies and money by David Puttnam( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From David Puttnam--producer of such modern film classics as Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields, Midnight Express, and The Mission, and the only European to have run a major Hollywood studio--an insightful and provocative history that explains the personalities and events which shaped film's transformation from a technological curiosity into one of the world's most powerful cultural and economic forces. Prom the early rivalry between its inventors to the power-brokering and political influence of today's mega-stars; from Zukor and Laemmle to Ovitz and Eisner; from the serendipitous discovery of Los Angeles ('FLAGSTAFF NO GOOD, ' wired Cecil B. De Mille. 'WANT AUTHORITY TO RENT BARN FOR $75 A MONTH IN PLACE CALLED HOLLYWOOD') to the exploitation and depredation of Europe's film culture in the name of the marketplace, Puttnam captures the urgency and wonder that swept through a young industry and set it spinning on an axis of money and power. Movies and Money chronicles the unprecedented collision between art and commerce, and incisively analyzes its implications in today's global arena. Puttnam's engaging history is also an impassioned polemic: from the moment Thomas Edison stole the first crude attempt at a movie camera from the French scientist Étienne Jules Marey, Hollywood and Europe have existed, the author claims, in a state of undeclared hostility--hostility that has occasionally erupted into open battle for control of the century's most powerful artistic medium. And this battle, he contends, will ultimately determine the nature of Europe's cultural identity. He also argues forcefully for the intelligent application of the language and techniques of cinema to education, urging filmmakers to make films that challenge and inspire as well as entertain. Ten years after his abrupt departure from Columbia, Puttnam re-enters the debate about cinema with characteristic audacity, with the irreverence of an iconoclast and the canniness of a seasoned player. Movies and Money is a book that will change our understanding of the history-and future--of film"--Jacket
The Duellists by Ridley Scott( Visual )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two officers in Napoleon's army who violently confront each other in a series of savage duels which begin as a reaction to a minor incident and escalate into a consuming passion which rules the lives of both men for a period of 30 years
The undeclared war : the struggle for control of the world's film industry by David Puttnam( Book )

13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Undeclared War is a provocative, original and entertaining account of the way in which Hollywood seized control of the world's movie business. British producer David Puttnam, the only European to have run a modern Hollywood studio, provides the first comprehensive account of the struggle for sovereignty over the twentieth century's most popular and influential medium of mass culture." "It is the inside story of a battle which began with the invention of cinema in 1895 and which has raged for the last one hundred years. It is a conflict which has pitted Hollywood moguls like Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman and Michael Eisner against politicians, tycoons and cultural elites the world over. Puttnam lays bare the way in which the moguls used their ferocious energy and ambition to develop and market the stars and stories which colonized the imaginations of audiences everywhere. He shows how generations of Europeans, from the Lumiere brothers to Jean-Luc Godard and Frederico Fellini, tried to create a cinema capable of withstanding Hollywood's savage assault. And he reveals how American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton consistently went to war on behalf of one of America's most powerful, profitable and influential industries." "In The Undeclared War, David Puttnam shows just what we have gained, what we have lost, and what we still stand to lose in the battle for control of this extraordinary medium. It is a dramatic and enthralling story, one which goes to the very heart of who we are and what we wish to become."--BOOK JACKET
Meeting Venus by István Szabó( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Hungarian conductor attempts to mount a new production of Tannhauser in France while trying to navigate the union, nationalism and egos that surround attempt
Being human by Bill Forsyth( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In five distinct yet cleverly interlocked roles, tells of a man who is a cave dweller, a Roman slave, a medieval wayfarer, a Portuguese nobleman shipwrecked in Africa and a modern Manhattanite whose homelife has hit the rocks. Each character reaches for survival, love, belonging; for all the things that made humankind draw together in the first place. Each is a human being faced with an unforgettable and universal challenge: Being Human
Brother, can you spare a dime?( Visual )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary juxtaposes newsreel footage, film clips and period music in an eye-opening look at the Great Depression. Many of the movies created in the 1930s featured strong social commentary, while others offered pure escapism and fed a fascination with a dazzling world out of reach to the everyday American. Through a contrast between the fantasy of film and the reality of everyday life, a fascinating perspective on the Great Depression and Hollywood's golden age is presented. Also includes political speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt and others
Double headed eagle( Visual )

11 editions published between 1973 and 2006 in German and English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using material taken from features, documentaries, newsreels and propaganda film, this compilation traces Hitler's rise to power from 1918 to 1933. Concentrating on people rather than events, it shows the power of the German nationalist movement under Hindenburg giving way to that of the National Socialists. Against the pageantry of Nazi rallies, the growing distress of the unemployed finds some alleviation in the fantasy world of the cinema, but elsewhere violent streetfighting breaks out as political opinions polarise. Then, finally, at a parade held after Hitler's appointment as Chancellor, Goebbels harangues the crowd and Nazi students throw the books of banned authors onto bonfires. Throughout the film the emphasis is on atmosphere rather than on details of fact
Lisztomania( Visual )

9 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outrageously hedonistic 'rockopera' casts contemporary rock god Roger Daltrey as the world's first music superstar, Franz Liszt. Loosely based on the life of the composer, the film takes a fantastical voyage through rock'n'roll excess and adventure, peppered with cameos from such pop icons as Ringo Starr (as the Pope) and Rick Wakeman (as Thor)
War of the buttons by John Roberts( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No stones in slingshots. No skirmishes too late in the day. They're rules of war for the youngsters of two neighboring Irish villages. And here's another rule: if you spit-shake on something, you better follow through. Kids will be kids. But sometimes they, in their own fanciful ways, will be adults. It's a winning tale in which buttons are the spoils of a would-be war
David Puttnam : Hollywood's role in shaping values( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmmaker David Puttnam talks with Bill Moyers about the state of American cinema today and how films can reflect society
Cal by Pat O'Connor( Visual )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A love story set within the hatred of strifetorn Northern Ireland
John Thomson (1837-1921) : photographer by Richard Ovenden( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swastika by Philippe Mora( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses home movie footage shot by Eva Braun, Nazi propaganda films, and other film footage of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s to document how Hitler and the Germans viewed themselves and wished themselves to be seen
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The Mission
Chariots of fireMidnight expressMovies and moneyThe undeclared war : the struggle for control of the world's film industryMeeting VenusJohn Thomson (1837-1921) : photographer
Alternative Names
David Puttnam britischer Filmproduzent

David Puttnam British film producer

David Puttnam Brits filmproducent

David Puttnam producteur britannique

David Puttnam productor de cine británico

David Puttnam productor de cinema britànic

David Puttnam تهیه‌کننده و سیاست‌مدار بریتانیایی

Puttnam, David

Puttnam, David 1941-

Puttnam, David Terence 1941-

Ντέιβιντ Πάτναμ

Дэвид Паттнэм

Дэвид Путнем

דייוויד פוטנאם מפיק קולנוע בריטי

데이빗 펏남 (David Puttnam)


パットナム, デビッド

プットナム, デイビッド