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Hall Bartlett was an independent and individualistic concept of what he wanted to do in motion pictures. “When you have a chance,” Bartlett said in an interview with Paris Match on the occasion of the 5th French opening of Jonathan Livingston Seagull in February 1992, “to make a motion picture, no matter how big or small, it is a privilege. From the time I was growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, certain motion pictures have influenced my thinking, my beliefs, and my dreams. Les Miserables, the first motion picture I ever saw, had a powerful effect on me. Jen Valjean, Javert, and the Bishop have been with me ever since. “Other films created within me the foundation of what I believe and what I would fight for—They all stay in my mind and in my heart.
“So it was that I grew up in Kansas City and sat in the splendor of the ornate magical big theaters of yesteryear and dreamed my dreams just as I do today, of what I could do in this medium so powerful and yet so personal, throughout the world. “I hope to continue to make films relatively small in cost but hopefully of some matter that contributes the efforts of our small company to be, and to say, something of value. “I have a passion for motion pictures. That passion has been a part of me since that time; I am just as passionate about it today. I agree with what one of the greatest directors said, David Lean, “I am glad the powers to be never caught on that I would make a motion picture I wanted to do for no pay at all. Films are food and drink to me—my life really.”
“Hall Bartlett is a sensitive, powerful, and distinguished director.”
“Hall Bartlett’s work is emotional, direct, hauntingly beautiful, and reflects his great artistry.”
New York Times
“Hall Bartlett is an exceptional filmmaker, born to make motion pictures that stand up and demand attention. He is an actor’s director.”
“Hall Bartlett is not afraid to be original and controversial. He never copies. He originates. His films have a unique look. He is a director of magnitude and meaning.” The London Times
“Hall Bartlett is one of the few American film makers who can direct, produce, and write a motion picture with brilliance and creativeness in all these tasks.”
Saturday Review of Literature
“Hall Bartlett is a true auteur film maker. He is brilliant, original and openly emotional. He is an artist.”
Unchained was filmed inside the California Institution for Men at Chino, California, and Bartlett spent six-months behind the walls living as an inmate while he wrote the screenplay. The films musical theme, “Unchained Melody”, became an international classic.
Bartlett was the first filmmaker to do a picture about professional football, His Crazylegs was the story of superstar Elroy Hirsch.
Hall acquired the first novel of Arthur Haley, Zero Hour, and made it into the suspense film of the year.
Drango, a study of the post Civil War era, was based on the true story about a Union officer who returned to the land his fellow soldiers had ravaged to try to rebuild the South as Lincoln had encouraged before his assassination.
All the Young Men, starring Sidney Poitier, a classic story about a black man’s struggle to achieve first class citizenship, was another outstanding Hall Bartlett film.
The Caretakers, centered on the problems of mental health and was the first film ever shown on the floor of the United Stares at the request of President John F. Kennedy. Two days after the screening, President Kennedy’s mental bill was passed without a dissenting vote.
A Global Affair, a true story about the first baby ever born in the United Nations building in New York, starred Bob Hope and Lilo Pulver.
Hall’s film, Sol Madrid, was made from the Robert Wilder novel, “The Fruit of The Poppy.
Hall Bartlett was a graduate from Yale University Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. He served five years in Naval intelligence, than began his career with the documentary film Navajo, the first contemporary picture to focus attention on the plight of the American Indian. Hall was the recipient of The Jimmy Stewart Life Achievement Award.