Tittenhurst Park

This Tittenhurst Park blog is dedicated to John Lennon's home in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire between 1969 and 1971. The aim is to gather as much material relating to the estate as possible - obviously with the emphasis on the Lennon-era, but also concerning Tittenhurst Park as it was before and after John Lennon's ownership. In addition, there will be posts about and associated with the Beatles, plus any other rubbish I feel like. The blog is purely meant for the entertainment of anyone (assuming there is actually anyone) who, like me, has an unhealthy interest in one particular Georgian mansion. Those with anything interesting to contribute in the way of links, photos, scans, stories etc. please do contact me: tittenhurstlennon@gmail.com
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Guests: Dan Richter

Dan Richter, mime artist and choreographer stayed at Tittenhurst Park with John and Yoko. He was Director of Photography on the Imagine film. Dan Richter wore the costume (below) as the moonwatcher in this sequence entitled "The Dawn of Man". Richter was engaged by Stanley Kubrick to choreograph the movement of the apes and to play the most important one of the animals himself. The then unknown artist, who later worked with celebrated artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, became part of film history for throwing a bone: the scene applied the probably most quoted match cut of all times. An excerpt from the recently published "Moonwatcher's Memoirs" will be reprinted in the catalogue. Richter describes his preparations for "The Dawn of Man" that included intensive studies of primates in zoos. He developed the choreography in close collaboration with the make-up artist Stuart Freeborn whose work was equally outstanding: 2001 – A SPACE ODYSSEY only did not receive an Oscar, Arthur C. Clarke stated once, because the jury had not realized that there were not actually apes performing for the film.

Dan Richter used a consumer grade Instamatic Camera similar to the one above to take the front cover photographs for John and Yoko's dual Plastic Ono Band albums.

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