More of Moore, monthly film screening - Face to face Henry Moore

2 screenings

Total running time 52 min


This documentary introduces us to Henry Moore and gently explains the ethos of modern abstract sculpture. Through innovative filming techniques and a specially commissioned soundtrack, producer John Read creates an intimate and atmospheric programme.

It ends with a comprehensive sequence following the processes involved as Moore creates the Reclining Figure sculpture commissioned for the Festival of Britain, which viewers see develop from sketch to model to final bronze piece.

Originally broadcast 30 April, 1951


John Freeman interviews Henry Moore in this programme from the series renowned for its frank and open approach. Moore talks about his much-loved father, his inspirational school art teacher (with whom he is still in touch), the cost of materials and how much he hates working to commission.

Some of the 20th Century's most notable figures were interviewed for this series, including Martin Luther King, Carl Jung and Bertrand Russell. The programme was usually filmed in a TV studio, but a memo in the BBC archives from producer Hugh Burnett confirms that "it was not possible to lure Henry Moore to the studio" for Face to Face, so the interview took place instead at his home in Perry Green, Hertfordshire.

Originally broadcast 21, February 1960