Bernard Rose (director)

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Bernard Rose
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Born (1960-08-04) 4 August 1960 (age 57)
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater National Film and Television School
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor, composer, editor
Years active 1986–present

Bernard Rose (born 4 August 1960) is an English filmmaker and screenwriter[1][2] best known for his direction of the 1992 horror film Candyman[3] and the 1994 historical romance film Immortal Beloved.[4][5]


Rose was born in London, the son of a Jewish father and a mother who had converted to Judaism.[6] He began making super 8 films when he was 9. By 1975, he won an amateur film competition hosted by BBC which led to the broadcasting of his works. He worked for Jim Henson on the last season of The Muppet Show and then again on The Dark Crystal in 1981. He attended National Film and Television School and graduated in 1982 with a Master's in Filmmaking. After this, he moved on to directing music videos for MTV, one of which was the uncensored version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's hit "Relax".[7]

Shortly after his production of music videos, he moved on to direct British TV films such as Prospects and then finally in 1988 directed his first major full-length film, Paperhouse. In 2012, Rose directed Two Jacks, a drama based on Leo Tolstoy's short story "Two Hussars," starring Sienna Miller and Danny Huston.[8] In 2014, Rose directed the musical drama The Devil's Violinist (2015).[9]

Rose got his big break into American cinema with 1992's Candyman, which has since been seen as a cult classic. Subsequently Rose both wrote and directed Immortal Beloved, about the life and loves of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as a remake of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.



  1. ^ "Bernard Rose | Official site of Bernard Rose Film Director". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Bernard Rose Filmography". Moviefone. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 16, 1992). "Review/Film; Science-Fiction Horrors In a Housing Project". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 16, 1994). "FILM REVIEW; The Music Almost Tells the Tale". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rothstein, Edward (January 1, 1995). "CLASSICAL VIEW; How Can a Movie So Right Be So Wrong?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bernard Rose profile". Luke 
  7. ^ "Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax"". Bernard Rose Official Site. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 18, 2013). "A Gene That Doesn't Recede". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Schager, Nick (January 28, 2015). "Film Review: 'The Devil's Violinist'". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 

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