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Antony Balch (1937–1980)

A legendary figure in British film distribution of the 1960s and 1970s, Antony Balch was renowned for buying up European art/exploitation films and giving them catchy new English titles ("Weird Weirdo", "Don't Deliver Us From Evil"), as well as being responsible for the legendary sound version of Benjamin Christensen's silent documentary classic H... See full bio »

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(age 42)

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Known For

Bizarre Director
(1970)
Horror Hospital Director
(1973)
The Cut Ups Director
(1966)
Häxan Miscellaneous Crew
(1922)

Filmography

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 2005 Ghost at No. 9 (Documentary short)
 1972 Bill and Tony (Short)
 1970 Bizarre
 1966 The Cut Ups (Short)
 1966 Towers Open Fire (Short)
 1963 William Buys a Parrot (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

(1960s) Shot a silent, two- to three-minute short called "William Buys a Parrot" in which author William S. Burroughs does exactly that. This "home movie" was included in the Towers Open Fire (1966) compilation video.

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Height:

6' 7" (2.01 m)
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Trivia:

Richard Gordon, producer of Balch's Bizarre (1970) and interviewer Tom Weaverdiscuss Balch's life and career on the audio commentary track of the DVD of "Secrets of Sex" (sold under the title "Bizarre"; Synapse Films, 2005). See more »

Nickname:

The Abominable Showman

Star Sign:

Virgo

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