Reginald Mills

Reginald "Reggie" Mills (1912 - 1990) was an English film editor and one-time film director with more than thirty feature film credits. Among his prominent films are The Red Shoes (1948), The Servant (1963), and Romeo and Juliet (1968). He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in modern languages in 1934. He assisted David Lean in the editing of two films directed by Paul Czinner, As You Like It (1936) and Dreaming Lips (1937); Lean was then working as an editor, but subsequently became a distinguished director (cf. Lawrence of Arabia (1963)). Mills then worked for Publicity Films at Merton Park Studios, both as a director and editor of films for commercial clients. During World War II (1939–1945) he was stationed in an anti-aircraft battery on the Thames Estuary throughout the whole of the London Blitz. He served with the Army Kinematograph Unit, and was the uncredited editor for a military orientation film, The New Lot (directed by Carol Reed-1943). After the war he began a fruitful association with the film-making partnership called "The Archers", which was led by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.


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