Filmmaker worked on 'Bangladesh,' 'Let It Be'

Saul Swimmer, who directed rock docu “The Concert for Bangladesh” and co-produced “Let It Be,” died of heart failure March 7 in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 70.

Born in Uniontown, Penn., Swimmer attended Carnegie Mellon U. and began directing in his 20s. His first film, “The Boy Who Owned a Melephant,” was a short narrated by Tallulah Bankhead.

His other credits include directing “Around the World of Mike Todd,” with Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, and “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” starring Herman’s Hermits. He produced and directed “Cometogether” and “The Black Pearl,” and he produced “Blindman,” a spaghetti Western made in Italy that featured Ringo Starr.

“The Concert for Bangladesh,” organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, raised millions for the UNICEF Children’s Relief Fund.

Swimmer also directed the docu “Queen: We Will Rock You” and toured the concert film with the MobileVision Projection System, which he developed to enlarge 16mm film to 70mm, projecting onto a 60 foot by 80 foot screen. He recently completed the film “Bob Marley & Friends,” which was shown at the Miami Film Festival.

Swimmer is survived by a sister and two brothers.

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