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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The King's Breakfast

In 1963 Searle & Toye collaborated again on a short live-action film The King's Breakfast "a dramatisation in dance and mime, of the A.A. Milne poem about a king who had no butter for the royal slice of bread" (imdb)











The kitchen

The King's gym



 Maurice Denham as the King (thanks to Brian Sibley)

Yak El-Droubie sent in some wonderful shots taken by Douglas Webb on the set of The King's Breakfast. The sets, seemingly painted by Searle's hand, match his designs perfectly.  Like the 1954 Chelsea Arts Ball it's always a thrill to see Searle's work transferred into 'three dimensions'-imagine being on set in a 'walk-in' Searle painting!







I found all these wonderful designs on Photographers Direct.com but they're all very low-res and I couldn't get anywhere contacting the agency directly.  Please contact me  at the address in my Blogger profile if anyone has more info on the photographer/rights holder















5 comments:

JoeyCee said...

man the way he draws architecture blows me away

docnad said...

Wow, there's three or four times as much material as the last time I visited this page, and it's all great!

Matt J said...

Wish I could get those designs in better quality and I still can't find the film . . .

Matt J said...

Wish I could get those designs in better quality and I still can't find the film . . .

Yrret Ksif said...

Wonderful to see this long lost film is now available to watch on You Tube. It's disappointing that the unstable film stock used in 1963 hasn't maintained the original colours but with the on set photos that still exist as a guide it shouldn't be too difficult to do a remaster. Its worth noting that the frantic Klezmar score is by Dr Who theme composer Ron Grainer.