Rudolph Cartier (1904–1994) was an Austrian television director who
worked predominantly in British television, exclusively for the BBC. He
is best known for his 1950s collaborations with screenwriter Nigel
Kneale, most notably the Quatermass serials and their 1954 adaptation
of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. After studying
architecture and then drama, Cartier's initial career was as a
screenwriter and then film director in Berlin, working for UFA Studios.
After a brief spell in the United States he moved to the United Kingdom
in the 1930s, and began working for BBC Television in 1952. He went on
to produce and direct over 120 productions in the next 24 years, ending
his television career with the play Loyalties in 1976. Active in both
dramatic programming and opera, Cartier won the equivalent of a BAFTA
in 1957 for his work in the former, and one of his operatic productions
was given an award at the 1962 Salzburg Festival. (more...)
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