Frequently was too daring for studio executives comfort and found his work edited against his will.
Focused on stories and people that experience a Shakespearean rise and fall where the causes of each are one and the same.
Was one of the first directors from anywhere in the world to use low camera angles, deep focus, and tracking shots.
His use of shadow was heavily influenced by the European directors of his day whom he in turn influenced in kind.
Often used overlapping dialogue to generate a sense of tension.
Accentuated the natural diagetic sounds of his scene’s settings and liked to use diagetic music in place of a score.
Though he never claimed credit for it and indeed protested that he was not involved in its direction, The Third Man is replete with his trademark touches. The overlapping dialogue, irreverent use of sound and score, and his use of darting shadow in particular was never a notable feature of Carol Reed’s direction.
Was determined to remain unaffected by contemporary trends in and styles of movie-making.
Considered John Ford to be the greatest American director.
Developed a problem with obesity in his 40’s.
Many of the films he directed are either incomplete or the footage has been lost.
Caused a nationwide panic with his radio broadcast dramatisation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.