Director, producer, writer and interviewer
FOR DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation)
JAZZ SPECIALS (1962-1966)
Television specials, mixing interviews and concert footage with Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, the Dave Brubeck Quintet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Coleman Hawkins and Errol Garner, among others.
THEME IN D MINOR (1963)
A poetic exploration of Copenhagen by night with an original score by Sahib Shihab.
THE GIRL WITH THE BALLET SLIPPERS (PIGESKO -1965)
A Jazz ballet written by Finn Methling. A filmic tribute to Michael Powell’s « The Red Shoes » a variation on the Adam and Eve myth and a disparaging look at the modern marriage. Original score by Sahib Shihab.
CHARLES CHAPLIN, THE MAN, THE CLOWN AND THE DIRECTOR (CHARLIE CHAPLIN: MENNESKET, KLOVNEN OG INSTRUKTØREN – 1965)
A Three-part documentary series based on Chaplin’s My Autobiography, featuring Michael Powell, Clive Donner, Claire Bloom, Charlie Rivel and Michael Chaplin.
THE BIG FAMILY (DEN STORE FAMILIE - 1965)
Behind and in front the scenes of a circus show, profiling the Spanish clown Charlie Rive and the Danish circus dynasty The Schumanns.
THE VISUAL WORLD OF MARCEL MARCEAU (MARCEL MARCEAU, EN MIMIKERS VERDEN-1967)
The French master of mime revisits the key places of his life. As memories unfold, he creates original pantomimes to tell the story of his life in front of the camera.
EXPO 68 (1968)
“The Woman” as perceived and appreciated by four young Danish cinematographers (Klaus Loof, Svend Munk, Mikael Salomon and Jesper Høm).
BORIS VIAN - ERIK MØRK (1969)
Boris Vian – Erik Mørk documents the life and work of the French writer, poet and composer Boris Vian. Mixed with a collage of archive footage, the highly respected actor Erik Mørk recites Vian’s poems and excerpts from his books. Boris Vian’s original music’s is arranged and performed by Palle Mikkelborg and orchestra.
THE MAN WHO LOST HIS SHOE / MANDEN DER MISTEDE SIN ENE SKO (1969)
A slapstick and silent film, where a travelling salesman is desperately trying to retrieve one of his shoes, he accidently dropped from the window in his hotel room. A tribute to Jerry Lewis’s « The Bellboy ».
A SOLITARY SAILOR: A MAN IN SEARCH OF HIS SOUL / EN SØMAND HAR SIN ENEGANG (1971)
A retired merchant marine grieving the loss of his wife feels isolated in a city he no longer recognises. As he wanders the streets of Copenhagen, memories from his past returns to haunt him. Written by Finn Mething, this silent film star Preben Lerdorff Rye, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s favourite actor, and Berthe Quistgaard.
THE WORLD OF JACQUES BREL (JACQUES BREL OG HANS VERDEN - 1972)
Brel reveals the way he envisions his songs and poetry, and shares his sense of feeling trapped in a greedy and uncaring society. The film was shot in Knokke-le-Zout, in his home country Belgium, and features an extensive use of Flanders landscapes and the city of Amsterdam.
THE WORLD OF BARBARA (BARBARA OG HENDES VERDEN - 1972)
Shot in Paris, an intimate conversation with the French icon, who also performs several songs especially written for the film.
SCHADE’s DENMARK /DANMARKS SCHADE - JENS AUGUST SCHADE (1972)
This visual essay builds around the Danish poet legendary for his erotic poetry.
ORD ER ET MORD UDEN M - IVAN MALINOWSKI - 1972
A collage created by graphic artists Dea Trier Mørch and Troels Trier with the Danish poet Ivan Malinowski reading his striking, unnerving poems.
THE WORLD OF JERRY LEWIS (JERRY LEWIS OG HANS VERDEN - 1972)
In Sweden, on the set of « The Day the Clown Cried », Lewis shares the way he envisions comedy, slap stick, drama, directing and the lessons of life.
THE WORLD OF PETER USTINOV (PETER USTINOV OG HANS VERDEN - 1973)
In his house outside Geneva, Peter Ustinov allows for a peek into his kaleidoscopic universe telling stories about: his mother, his Russian origins, his experience as a soldier, his book « Loser », the making of the famous film « Spartacus », and of the loneliness of human beings.
TIME TO LIVE (TID TIL AT LEVE -1974)
A three part series documenting the history of the French song from the 20’s to the mid 70’s. The documentaries features original interviews and performances with Georges Brassens, Michel Simon, Bruno Coquatrix, Herbert Gassion, Ursula Vian, Mireille, Serge Reggiani, Pierre Seghers, Jacques Brel, Barbara, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Claude Dauzonne, Georges Moustaki, Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Claude François, among others.
THE WORLD OF PETER SELLERS (PETER SELLERS OG HANS VERDEN - 1975)
In-depth profile of the comedian, on location in the South of France, during the shooting of Blake Edwards’s « Return of the Pink Panther ». Sellers shares his vision of the world comedy, the challenges of playing dramatic parts, and how the character of Dr Strangelove came into being due to the legendary still photographer Weegee and his presence on the set.
THE WORLD OF DAVE ALLEN (1975)
In-depth profile of the Irish satirist, and behind-the-scenes of his show « Dave Allen at Large ». Allen talks at length about his relationship with the audience, the way he creates and builds his brilliant satire and his vision of politics, religion and death.
JACK LEMMON / A TWIST OF LEMMON (1976)
During the shooting of “Alex and the Gipsy”, Lemmon talks about his beloved father, and of one extraordinary day when he as a young boy almost blew his father to smithereens. He shares his look on life, and the importance of timing and simplicity. The film also features original interviews with director Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon’s close friend Walter Matthau.
THE WORLD OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1976)
In his office at Universal studios, the incomparable Sir Alfred Hitchcock takes us on a journey into his world of suspense, mystery, sexuality and why he finds Scandinavian women intriguing. The film also features an original interview with Bruce Dern.
TELLY SAVALAS ALIAS THEO KOJAK (1976)
Savalas talks about his iconic role and a life after Kojak.
WALTER MATTHAU (1976)
In this in-depth profile Walter Matthau, talks about his early career in New York as an usher in a movie theatre, his close working relationship with his friend Jack Lemmon, and the many films the made together. Also featured are interviews with Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon
HURRAY FOR HOLLYWOOD? (HOLLYWOOD 76-77 - 1977)
A three-part documentary series is an in depth look of the American film industry in the 1970’s featuring: Robert Evans, John Schlesinger, Dustin Hoffman, John Cassavetes, Steven Spielberg, Michael Schultz, Robert Shaw, Norman Jewison, and Brenda Vaccaro, among others.
AS INDEPENDENT PRODUCER (in Hollywood)
ELVIS IN CONCERT (1977)
Second Unit Director, Producer, Writer and Interviewer
A one-hour special for the CBS television network, chronicling Elvis Presley’s last tour before his death September 1977. Produced by Smith-Hemion for CBS, New York.
JAWS 2 - THE MAKING OF (1978)
Director, Producer, Writer, Interviewer
The Making of Jaws 2 made for producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown/Universal Pictures and UIP, London.
THE MAKING OF....
Documentaries based on the making of: Missing, Dracula, 48 Hours, Star Trek: The Movie, Somewhere in Time, Paradise Alley, and Cat People, amongst others.
Fred Astaire, Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Sir Michael Caine, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Jason Robards, Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, Steven Spielberg, and James Stewart, among others.
FACE TO FACE WITH RUDOLF NUREYEV (1985)
Filmed in Stockholm, an in-depth conversation with Russian premier ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev with special shot excerpts from Rudolf Nureyev's performance as Jean in Strindberg's Miss Julie. Filmed for ABC Arts Cable/Entertel, Inc.
A musical/drama based on the true story of the Los Angeles gang, The Bounty Hunter Bloods. The show premiered in a small theatre in a back alley in North Hollywood and marked the beginning of a time of peace between the two largest and most feared gangs in Los Angeles, the Bloods and the Crips.