Roger Manvell

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Roger Manvell
Born 10 October 1909
London, England
Died 30 November 1987
Boston, Massachusetts

Arnold Roger Manvell (10 October 1909 – 30 November 1987)[1] was the first director of the British Film Academy (a post he filled for over a decade), author of many books on films and film-making, and authored and co-authored (with Heinrich Fraenkel) many books on Nazi Germany, including biographies of Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Göring. During World War II he worked in the Ministry of Information, creating propaganda films for the British government. In his career he also lectured in universities in as many as forty countries in three continents (America, Europe and the Middle East), and made a name as a broadcaster and screenwriter. He joined the Boston University faculty in 1975 teaching film history classes at the College of Communications. Manvell was named University Professor in 1982.


Some books authored or co-authored by Roger Manvell.

  • The Canaris Conspiracy: The Secret Resistance to Hitler in the German Army, by Roger Manvell, Heinrich Fraenkel, 1st Edition (1972).


  • The Dreamers
  • The Passion

On the arts (film/television/theatre)

  • A Seat at the Cinema
  • Age of Communication: Press, Books, Films, Radio, TV

Animated Film: With Pictures from the Film 'Animal Farm'

  • Art in Movement: New Directions in Animation
  • The Cinema (annual Pelican film review)
  • Design in motion
  • Experiment in the Film
  • Film and The Public (annual Pelican film review)
  • The German Cinema
  • History of the British Film
  • Images of Madness: Portrayal of Insanity in the Feature Film
  • The International Encyclopedia of Film
  • Living Screen: Background to the Film and Television
  • Love Goddesses of the Movies
  • Masterworks of the German Cinema: The Golem - Nosferatu - M -The Threepenny Opera
  • New Cinema in Britain
  • New Cinema in Europe
  • New cinema in the U.S.A: The feature film since 1946
  • On the air: A study of broadcasting in sound and television
  • The Penguin Film Review (1946-1949)
  • Progress in Television
  • Selected Comedies: Elizabeth Inchbald
  • Shakespeare and the Film
  • The Technique of Film Animation
  • The Technique of Film Music
  • Theatre and Film: A Comparative Study of the Two Forms of Dramatic Art and of the Problems of Adaptation of Stage Plays into Films
  • This Age of Communication
  • Three British screen plays: "Brief encounter","Odd man out," "Scott of the Antarctic"
  • What is Film?

On Nazi Germany

  • The Canaris Conspiracy
  • The Conspirators
  • Doctor Goebbels: His Life & Death
  • Films and the Second World War
  • Gestapo
  • Göring
  • Hess
  • Heinrich Himmler: The SS, Gestapo, His Life and Career
  • Heinrich Himmler
  • Hitler: The Man and The Myth
  • The Hundred Days to Hitler
  • Incomparable Crime, The: Mass Extermination in the Twentieth Century
  • The July Plot, The
  • SS & Gestapo: Rule of Terror


  • Chaplin
  • Elizabeth Inchbald: England's Principal Woman Dramatist and Independent Woman of Letters in 18th Century London - A Biographical Study
  • Ellen Terry
  • Ingmar Bergman, an Appreciation
  • Sarah Siddons
  • The Trial of Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh


  1. "Manvell, Roger, BFI Film & TV database