5 February 1902|
St. Petersburg, Russia
|Died||12 July 1992
Reginald Beck was a British film editor with forty-nine credits. He was born in Russia, but his family emigrated to Britain while still a child. He began working in the film industry in 1927 when he joined Gainsborough Pictures before going on to work on quota quickies at Wembley Studios. He later worked with a number of directors including Carol Reed, David Lean, Laurence Olivier and Joseph Losey. In his obituary, Anthony Sloman wrote of the seventeen films that Beck edited with director Losey, "Their professional and personal relationship was regarded as one of the great screen partnerships".
Beck worked with Laurence Olivier on Henry V (1944) and on Hamlet (1948). Sloman writes, "above all, it is for his immense contributions to Henry V and Hamlet that the British film industry is forever in his debt."
- The Return of Raffles (Markham-1932)
- The Laughter of Fools (1933)
- Find the Lady (1936)
- Calling All Ma's (1937)
- The Stars Look Down (Reed-1939)
- Quiet Wedding (Asquith-1941)
- Henry V (Olivier-1944)
- Hamlet (Olivier-1948) (Associate producer)
- The Beggar's Opera (Brook-1953)
- Harry Black (Fregonese-1958)
- The Gypsy and the Gentleman (Losey-1958)
- Modesty Blaise (Losey-1966)
- Accident (Losey-1967)
- Secret Ceremony (Losey-1968)
- The Go-Between (Losey-1970)
- The Assassination of Trotsky (Losey-1972)
- Steaming (Losey-1985)
- Sloman, Tony (29 July 1992). "Obituary: Reginald Beck". The Independent.
- Reginald Beck at the Internet Movie Database
- "Beck, Reginald (1902-1992)". From Perkins, Roy; Stollery, Martin (2004). British Film Editors: The Heart of the Movie. British Film Institute.
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