R.I.P. Alan Parker

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Beamish13, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Where did you read that?
  2. I enjoyed it as well, and I’m generally no fan of musicals. It gets a lot of stick because few critics want to give Madonna any credit.
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  3. Beamish13

    Beamish13 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    About Lyne? He has a new film with Ben Affleck that is supposed to come out next year
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  4. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    No. Parker.
  5. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    I’m definitely a fan. He was a great director.
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  6. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    Great director! Some of my favorite movies were done by him. RIP
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  7. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident

    I had my "music brother" call me for the first time in months this morning, and we were talking about "The Wall" (I don't like it, he does), and then hours later he passes away...

    2020 SUCKS!
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  8. pscreed

    pscreed Upstanding Member

    Oh man. I don’t know Jack about film... but the Commitments if you love music surely you have to love that movie... sorry to see this news.

    RIP Mr. Parker. And thanks for this. It’s ****ing brilliant.
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  9. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

    New Yuck City
  10. Squealy

    Squealy Forum Hall Of Fame

    Because so many of them do. They’re not punching the clock and counting down the days at the factory.

    It doesn’t surprise me he wasn’t working up to the last minute (he was said to have had a “long illness”) but he was 59 when he made his last movie, I can’t think of too many directors who hung it up at that age.
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  11. bloodisthin

    bloodisthin And after all, we're only ordinary men

    I've heard it said he could no longer get any studios interested in the kinds of films he wanted to make.

    Sad news. Seeing Midnight Express, Fame and Pink Floyd: The Wall were three of the most intense cinematic experiences of my young life.
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  12. Greg Smith

    Greg Smith Forum Resident

    Massive loss, The Wall, The Commitments, Bugsy, Fame, Evita, he knew how to make musicals and music itself work on screen despite how poor the material might have been. Great character and a normal bloke, RIP
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  13. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    He did indeed had a long illness.
  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    R.I.P. I enjoyed his work.
  15. Very talented film director.

    My favorite films by him are:
    Shoot The Moon
    Angel Heart
  16. Honey Bunches of Sadness

    Honey Bunches of Sadness Forum Resident

    SF Bay Area
    Yeah, I think you're on to something. I'm not sure if Evita is a great film, but it's beautifully shot, with terrific set pieces.
  17. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Good DP and production designer then.
  18. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    Birdy was an amazing film. He was one of those directors who was guided by the material rather than imposing a personal style on it - I'm not surprised he was no fan of Peter Greenaway, who is all style without substance.

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  19. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    The Commitments in particular was a big thing in Ireland. A film set in Dublin was a bit of a rarity. Still is I suppose. I still love it.
    It made me realize how great soul music was.

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  20. coffeetime

    coffeetime Senior Member

    Lancs, UK
    You’re not alone in being turned on to soul with the film.

    Showed the film to our 13yo son a month or two back; he roared, and the film has held up incredibly well.
  21. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Senior Member

    The only film I really liked that he did was The Commitments.
  22. modela

    modela Forum Resident

    Azusa, CA
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  23. Bradd

    Bradd Now’s The Time

    Chester, NJ
    He made some memorable movies. RIP Mr. Parker.
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